I am a relational psychotherapist and see this as the core of my work. I have worked therapeutically for over 10 years. I bring warmth, attunement and compassion to my relationships with clients and have seen how transformative that can be in supporting clients to explore painful and difficult emotions, find ways to reduce the negative impact of these feelings and facilitate them to make different choices as change occurs over time. Using creative methods enables thoughts and feelings we are not aware of or we don't have words for yet to emerge so they can be reflected on together.
Alongside my private practice, I have worked in the NHS in an outpatient clinic and in various therapeutic roles: As a writer and co facilitator of a 10 week systemic therapeutic programme for children, mothers and teachers in school; as a Schools Counselling Manager and student supervisor in a multi culturally diverse area of central London; as a Training and Development Manager in a Community Counselling Agency, as a Children and Young People’s Worker and Trainer in a Women’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Centre, and as a Co ordinator and Group Facilitator of a recovery programme for women and child survivors of violence.
These help me to bring a broad range of experiences and knowledge to my private work with clients.
I am a tutor on a Level 4 Counselling Diploma at City Lit and teach specific courses on attachment, dreams and symbols, diversity and unconscious bias. I am currently facilitating a year long course for tutors on how to develop a culturally sensitive training programme and integrate it into the curriculum.
I am also an external examiner for the MA in Arts Psychotherapy course at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education.
Prior to becoming a therapist I worked on a national research project with the University of London, in education, training and early years services. This has enabled me to see how what happens in the past can impact us in the present.
I am interested in the arts including visual art, drama, journaling and storytelling, I also experiment with glass which echoes the process of therapy as with time, effort and the addition another element (in this case, fire), the glass becomes changed. These art forms have shown me how expressive arts enable us to communicate in different ways and inform my work as a counsellor, psychotherapist and arts therapist.
Professional Training and Accredited Bodies
I am UKCP and HCPC registered and a member of BACP.
MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
Post Graduate Diploma in the Therapeutic & Educational Application of the Arts - Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education
BA (Hons) in Counselling - Greenwich University, London
Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling- Mary Ward Centre
Introduction to Cognitive Analytic Therapy - Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT)
Therapeutic Life Story Work - Richard Rose
Group Facilitation with Children and Mothers
- Against Violence & Abuse (AVA)
Restorative Approaches to Conflict - Restorative Action, Lewisham
Play, Drama and Art Therapy Techniques with Children and Adults - Playing Matters
I engage in regular Continually Professional Development and clinical supervision to support my practice as a therapist.