I am a qualified and accredited counsellor with more than 10 years counselling experience working with clients with a range of presenting issues.
I achieved a First Class BA Hons degree in Integrative Counselling through Middlesex University and have since also been awarded full accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
My integrative training means I have knowledge of a number of key theoretical approaches to be used as and when is relevant to the individual client- for instance we may spend some sessions looking back at childhood issues and understanding their impact on current behaviour, whilst other sessions may be focused more on what is going on in the present and identifying steps that will help the client move towards future goals.
I have also undertaken additional training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) techniques - many clients find the tools of this approach useful in terms of the change process.
I am fully committed to my own self development, attending courses, undertaking research and reading relevant literature. In addition I attend regular supervision and hold full professional insurance.
More recently I have trained and qualified as a Supervisor to other counsellors.
In addition to running a private practice I have worked across a number of GP surgeries, in a staff counselling facility and within the student wellbeing team at two London Universities. I am currently working for the City of London Police, where I offer a CBT focused service to their staff as well as training courses covering stress management, resilience development and other mental health initiatives.
I have worked both in a short term way, contracting for 4-6 sessions to work on a specific issue and in a more long term, open-ended way. I am always mindful of the focus of the work to ensure its relevance. With longer term clients, we work together to review the focus of our sessions on a regular basis - making the counselling as meaningful as possible.
I have experience in working with individuals & couples across a range of presenting issues:
Bereavement & loss
Low self esteem
Health including eating disorders
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Counselling is appropriate for anyone who wants to explore their inner thoughts and emotions and better understand the resulting behaviours. Whilst the work can be challenging, for most people counselling is a positive experience which enables them to gain greater self-awareness and encourages them to live a life that is more satisfying.