I am an integrative therapist working with humanistic (person centred) and psychodynamic approaches; trained in Transactional Analysis (TA) models of counselling and psychotherapy, DBT, CBT and compassion focused therapies.
I utilise various therapeutic modalities in my work with clients, suited to personal preferences, and individual needs. This means i work holistically; paying particular attention to the relationship with the “self” through body, mind and spirit.
Recovery, or therapeutic aims might look something like improving one's quality of life, finding purpose & meaning, feeling more “joyful”, achieving personal goals, and developing, and maintaining healthy relationships.
I often hear clients speak of getting stuck in self defeating behaviors that limit their ability to change, and develop greater a resilience to life’s struggles. This is because it feels really hard at times to change entrenched behaviours; particularly when were doing it alone, without guidance, without support, without reassurance
Pain can be the cornerstone of emotional growth, as most scholars agree- Carl Jung spoke about "no coming to consciousness without pain" - I see this as a vital part of the "healing" process, and therapeutic journey. I also understand well that recalling hurtful or painful experiences takes courage, and i like to see myself as a container in which clients can trust, and feel safe enough to expel unresolved trauma or psychological disturbances.
I believe personally believe entering into therapy is one of the most loving things a person can do for themselves, and if you're reading this now, it proves that no matter how small it might be, or how much you deny it, there is a light within you that knows you are worthy
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a professionally qualified integrative counsellor, psychotherapist and a registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am also an addictions therapist with years experience of working in both public and private practice, and a registered member of the Federation of Drug & alcohol practitioners (FDAP).
I currently have an in house position as an addictions therapist; delivering a 12 step, therapeutic based program of recovery from all addictions; including psychodynamic group therapy, alongside a trauma informed care framework.
I Have a Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy and trained at the College of counsellors and psychotherapists, Angel, and Kingston university.
I Recently trained in dialectical behavioural therapy, which uses techniques like mindfulness to improve emotion dysregulation, and distress tolerance skills to help clients who struggle particularly in interpersonal relationships.
This "experiential" talking therapy successfully helps treat people with Borderline Personality Disorders, and people who feel emotions very intensely. It also works for depression, anxiety, bulimia, binge-eating, bipolar disorder, OCD, post-traumatic-stress disorder and substance abuse (addictions)
Diploma In integrative psychotherapy
Diploma in Dialectical Behavioural therapy
Health & social care Diploma
Training in compassion focused therapy
Training in Acceptance and Commitment therapy
Certificate in Motivational interviewing
Certificate in Adverse childhood experiences & attachment
Certificate in Trauma informed care
Certificate in Dual diagnosis & complex needs
Certificate in Families & Addiction
Certificate in Attachment & Addiction
Certificate in Mindfulness skills
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer an initial 15 minute chat at no cost
Online therapy for those who might feel "unsure"
Evidence Based Outcomes
Evidence shows that online therapy has many benefits and is an effective treatment method. Some of the key findings from research in this area include:
Online therapy has been shown to produce the same positive outcomes as face-to-face therapy
Overall, patients receiving online therapy are very satisfied with their experiences, with many saying that the service is easy to use and means they don’t have to travel to appointments
Mental health assessments and diagnoses made using online therapy were shown to be as reliable as assessments made during face-to-face therapy
*Source: World Journal of Psychology