It was my personal positive experiences of therapy combined with a long-held desire to work with people in a caring capacity, which led me to change careers and re-train as a counsellor. I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor in 2012 and gained my BACP Accreditation in 2015. I qualified as a Couples Counsellor in 2017.

Training & Qualifications
I have a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Counselling from Roehampton University (1999), and a BA (Hons) in Community & Criminal Justice (and a Diploma in Probation Studies) from De Montfort University (2002). I have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre in London (2012) and a Diploma in Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy from CCPE in London (2017)

My training with The Minster Centre was an Integrative one, which means that my work is informed by various theoretical approaches and I am able to draw on these according to individual needs. My main influences are taken from the Humanistic and Psychodynamic traditions, but I am also able to draw on CBT principles where appropriate. 

My training with CCPE was also integrative and incorporated Psychodynamic, Systemic and Psychosexual approaches to working with couples.

Experience
Prior to setting up in Private Practice, I worked as a counsellor for an organisation that had AQP (Any Qualified Provider) status and received referrals from local GP surgeries, and prior to this as a counsellor for both Mind in Mid Herts and Herts Mind Network (HMN).  During my time with HMN, I also worked part-time as a Vocational Adviser, facilitating people with mental health issues to either retain work or to return to work, perhaps via education, training or voluntary work. This work encompassed dealing with work-related stress, relationship and organisational issues as well as general emotional and mental health issues. 

I thus have a number of years’ experience working in the mental health sector and a sound knowledge of mental health issues. My counselling experience has encompassed working with individuals on a 1:1 basis on both a short and a long term basis. I have been working with couples since 2017.