After finishing my degree in 1989, I worked in London for 16 years with adults and young people with special needs, drug and alcohol difficulties, and mental health problems. It was this work as well as my own first experience of personal therapy that led me to want to train as a counsellor. I started the first part of the counselling training in 1998 at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation and then in 2002 completed my Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at Goldsmiths, University of London, and qualified to start working as a counsellor.
While doing my counselling diploma, I started a placement in a GP surgery in South-East London where I remained working for six years. During this time I worked with adults (mainly) and some young people for a mixture of long and short-term counselling contracts. In this role I developed my clinical practice and worked with a wide range of individuals from all sections of the community. In 2006 I started working as a counsellor with the Terrence Higgins Trust and The Rock Clinic in Brighton as well as with homeless families. Two further trainings with the Tavistock and Portman over four years widened my skills to work with young people, children and families. Between 2008 and 2018, I worked as a school counsellor in several primary schools in East Sussex as well as continuing to work with adults both at The Rock Clinic and in private practice. Currently I have my own private practice and work one day a week as a counsellor in a secondary school.
BA(Hons) Community Studies and Art, Leeds University.
PGCert Foundation in Counselling, Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London.
PGDip Psychodynamic Counselling, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
PGCert Therapeutic Communication with Children, Tavistock and Portman, London.
PGDip Working with Children, Young People and Families: A Psychoanalytic Observational Approach, Tavistock and Portman, London.
Short Courses include: Working Effectively with Trauma / Trauma and Memory / Mourning Processes / Working with Depression and Anxiety / Time Limited Therapy / Core Principles of Assessment / A Systemic Approach to Working Therapeutically / Helping Children with Worry and Loss Through the Arts / Assessment and Therapeutic Communication with Children, Parents and Families / Using Metaphor in Counselling with Young People / Supporting Young People with Attachment Difficulties / Attachment and Developments in Neuroscience / Therapeutic Life-Story Work / Advanced Child Protection / Inter-parental Conflict and its Consequences.
Membership of a Professional Body
Registered member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), MBACP 113576.