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About me

I bring warmth, wisdom, respect and honesty to my work.  I'm a humanstic psychotherapist, which means that the relationship between us will always be central. I work in an integrative way, drawing on different techniques from a range of approaches including Gestalt and formative psychology. I'm happy to talk to those interested about the theories that underpin my practice. 

I worked for many years in education and the arts, developing my passion for personal learning and creativity. I trained as a coach and facilitator before becoming interested in the deeper work of psychotherapy and counselling.  My decision to train as a psychotherapist came about as a result of my own life-challenges and from my experiences as a client, giving me a deep personal committment to what is possible through the psychotherapy relationship and an empathy for what it can be like to sit 'in the client's chair'.

I undertook a modular five year training in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Spectrum Therapy in London, a UKCP registered centre for humanistic psychotherapy and training (www.spectrumtherapy.co.uk.). I finished my training in 2014  and have been working with clients since 2012. I've also undertaken counselling training with the Iron Mill Centre in Exeter and Cruse Bereavement Care. I maintain my connection with Spectrum through supervision and continued professional development. I'm an accredited member of the BACP and comply with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I have a particular interest in attachment; how we love and how we form relationships or struggle in them. I have expertise in working with the impact of emotional neglect in childhood, and how this can manifest, in for example unexplained feelings of anger, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression.

I have completed a post-graduate diploma in working with ex-boarders, with Boarding School Survivors (www.boardingschoolsurvivorsco.uk). Attending boarding school, particularly if from a young age, represents a significant attachmet rupture, the legacy of which can have a huge but often subtle impact on emotional wellbeing, parenting and intimate relationships.  Ex boarders may struggle with the conflict between emotional neglect and a sense of priviledge, and may additionally have suffered bullying and / or abuse. I work with ex-boarders and the partners of ex-boarders to make sense of how current struggles may be linked to these past experiences.

 

Qualifications:

Spectrum Therapy - Certificate in Pschotherapy and Counselling (five years)

Spectrum Therapy - Sexuality Programme

Spectrum Therapy - Working with Anger

Iron Mill College - Certificate in Counselling Skills

Cruse Bereavement Care - Awareness in Bereavement Care

Post-graduate diploma - Boarding School Survivors