I am a qualified psychotherapist and I offer both short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy. My focus is on helping clients to bring about positive change in their lives, to find resolutions to the internal conflicts and difficulties they face and to make positive choices about their future.
In addition to my qualifications in psychotherapy, I am also a Diet and Nutrition Advisor and consider that the two compliment each other well. I have a particular interest in helping clients to improve their physical and mental health by focussing on the physical weight loss (through diet and nutrition advice) whilst at the same time addressing the deeper psychological issues which are at the core of their difficulties.
As a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within their ethical framework. I am fully committed to continuing my professional development by regularly undertaking additional training to enhance my therapeutic work with clients.
My training was integrative which means I utilise a wide range of therapeutic approaches, adopting the most appropriate one to compliment each client and their individual needs and presenting issues.
The theories I embrace are:
Person-centered - (non-directive humanistic approach that deals with the ways in which individuals percieve themselves consciously rather than how a therapist can interpret their unconscious thoughts or ideas).
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - focuses on how thoughts and perceptions affect the way we feel and behave.
Psychodynamic - (sees human functioning as based upon the interaction of drives and forces within us, particularly unconscious ones).
Transactional Analysis (TA) - a modern psychology that involves a set of practical tools designed to promote personal growth and change and a method to improve communication.
Gestalt therapy - (sees self-awareness as the key to personal growth and developing full potential, focusing on 'whats happening at the present moment').
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post graduate training - Advanced diploma (professional training) in integrative humanistic psychotherapy.
- Diploma in integrative counselling.
- Degree - pre-practitioner training (University of West London).
- Diet and Nutrition Advisor ( S.A.C. Dip).
- Confidence and self esteem
- Drug and alcohol misuse
- Depression and anxiety
- Working with abuse
- Working with trauma
- Alcohol and substance misuse field.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.