I am an accredited with the National Counselling Society and a member of the BACP. I follow their ethical guidelines and codes of conduct.
As a teenager I was particularly drawn to the arts. I acknowledged, even then that it was a passion, the days spent painting and drawing were my favourite and the lessons where I studied history of art were, to me then, pure bliss. A window into another world. Determined to work creatively I decided to study design at university, after a years participation on an arts foundation course I decided upon Textile design. Working in this industry for 15 years was very rewarding, it allowed me at this young age the opportunity to travel and experience a variety of surroundings.
While I was drawn to the creative, and visual arts, there has always been a side of myself that is passionate about engaging with people, their experience and how they feel.
My earliest insight into psychology was at university where it was mandatory to do an extra curricular module. I chose Transactional Analysis and the theory of ego states. This was a new concept to me and remained a mystery for many years as I continued with my profession working in fashion and interiors.
I became further interested in psychology after the birth of my two children, as a parent understanding behaviours, thoughts and emotions as my children became teenagers became both interesting and important. There were times when my lack of knowledge really concerned me so I began by reading around the subject. I cannot say my only motivation was to understand my children but my own responses and behaviours too.
I did a great deal of research into the various areas of counselling and Psychotherapy eventually chose Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Integrative Counselling. The course initially focused on the work of Albert Ellis and Aaron Beck further expanding into third wave models of Acceptance Commitment Therapy, (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy, (CFT) and Schema to name a few.
I am passionate about the shifts accomplished by the people I meet as they take on the challenge of therapy and begin to change. As we work together there is always growth and new insights which is a constant inspiration.
There are a number of issues I can help you with some are listed below. However, please don’t think any problem is too small to bring to counselling. If it’s bothering you, it’s important.
- overcoming anxiety, stress or burnout.
- building self acceptance, compassion and confidence
- developing responses to rumination and repetitive thoughts.
- breaking unwanted habits and compulsive behaviours.
- low mood and depression
- anger management
- life transitions
- relationship/friendship issues
- change in family dynamics
- parenting issues
- unhelpful thought patterns
- work/academic pressure
Training, Qualifications and Experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Dist) – CCBT London
- Advanced Diploma CBT/REBT – CCBT London
- Diploma CBT/REBT – CCBT London
- Certificate in Blended Counselling and Ethics – CCBT London
- BA (Hons) – Nottingham Trent.
- Online Counselling Services and Training workshop
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
I have worked with clients dealing with the overwhelming general anxieties, social anxiety, relationship issues, parenting, modern day stresses, PTSD, addiction, depression, cancer, dealing with work-life balance. I have had specific training in developing parental skills and knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy so they can help and teach their children.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. The society is a not for profit organisation externally verified by the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register programme. Accountable to the UK Parliament. They oversee the nine statutory bodies which oversee health professionals in the UK.
Read more about the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme. You can also find out about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity.
I receive regular supervision with an Accredited Supervisor and attend ongoing continual professional development (CPD) in line with the BACP and NCS guidelines.