I enjoy working with people, especially collaboratively. In particular, a shared focus or goal brings me a sense of increased energy and connection. This is one of the reasons I chose to become a therapist. More than this though, I believe people are important. I approach life with a curiosity about how as human beings we can live life with greater wellbeing and fullness. My hope is, that through our work together, all my clients find their own meaningful ways to heal, change and grow.
I’ve experienced life’s ups and downs
My own experiences and support for others mean I’m acquainted with a wide range of life challenges. These include career change, being a carer, living with chronic illness, post traumatic stress, recovery from crisis, relocation and being uprooted. I know what it’s like to feel stuck, overwhelmed, isolated and depressed.
I’ve seen the difference it makes to be able to talk to someone openly and honestly. I know what it’s like to feel heard and accepted. Deep, long lasting, positive change is possible through relationship with another human being.
These experiences bring me deep compassion and hope for my clients.
I’ve been in supervised practice since 2017. During this time I’ve helped people with a range of issues and concerns. These include anxiety, depression, low mood, stress, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, relationships, loss, feeling stuck, life changes.
As well as private practice, I volunteer with a low cost service offering medium to long term psychotherapy. Before qualifying as a therapist, I volunteered as a mentor with a local charity supporting vulnerable women. Here my aim was to empower women to make changes in their lives by offering practical and emotional support.
Since lockdown in 2020, I’ve provided therapy online and by telephone. I enjoy the convenience remote working offers, both for myself and my clients. I believe the access to counselling and psychotherapy that working online brings is invaluable. As restrictions ease, I will continue to offer online therapy as a core part of the way I work.
About my Therapy Practice
I’m fully qualified and completed my training in 2019. I studied for 4 years, part-time. This led to a Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. My qualification is accredited by the National Counselling Society (NCS).
Additionally, I’m certified to work online and by telephone. The course I undertook is approved by the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) at Level 1.
Professional Memberships and Registrations
I’m a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My registration number is 384471.
As a member of the BACP, I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and have regular supervision.
I respect the trust clients place in me and am committed to good practice in data privacy and security. This means I have taken the time to understand GDPR, set up appropriate systems and registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). My registration is ZA906090.
Additionally, I hold an Enhanced DBS check.
Ongoing Learning and Development
I value my continued learning and development. It’s important to me both professionally and personally. Professionally because it means I am better able to work in service of my clients. Personally because it keeps my practice developing in a way that’s in line with my values.
My current learning focus is the body, specifically the mind-body relationship. I’m curious about the connection between the body and mental health. Also, how can we work with the body in psychotherapy to connect more deeply with self. Current reading and courses include:
- Online course: Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation – Caroyln Spring
- Reading: Focusing – Eugene Gendlin
- The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy – Deb Dana
Some of my more recent reading and learning includes:
- Workshop: Walk and Talk Counselling & Ecotherapy (July 2021)
- Reading: Nature and Therapy – Martin Jordan (July 2021)
- Reading: Embodied Relating – Nick Totton (June 2021)
- Online course: Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma – Carolyn Spring (June 2021)
- Reading: Body Psychotherapy for the 21st Century – Nick Totton (May 2021)
- Reading: How sleep and food impact mental and emotional wellbeing (April 2021)
- Moving Your Therapy Practice Online – Online Therapy Institute (June 2020)