I began my journey into becoming a therapist in 1994, gaining my Psychodynamic and Humanistic Counselling Certificate at Goldsmiths University. This foundation enabled me to begin my training at the Minster Centre, London. In 1997. I began the Diploma in Integrative Counselling, followed by The Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, completed in 2000. In 2003, I was awarded an MA in Humanistic & Psychodynamic Integrative Psychotherapy and registered with the UKCP.
In 2007 I completed the Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Supervision and in 2009, the Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy for Children and Families, both at The Wealden Institue, Crowborough. I completed the Mindfulness for Stress Reduction course in 2012.
I am committed to engaging in CPD (Continuing Professional Development), attending workshops and additional training, reading and running my own CPD training for other professionals. This ensures that I stay up to date with developing theories and approaches, keeping my practice fresh and relevant.
Approach - How I work
Counselling is a way of helping people to identify, understand and manage distress. I am passionate about the potential for positive changes that Counselling and Psychotherapy can bring about. I feel honoured to have witnessed the often life-changing journies clients have made. In common with Humanistic thinking, I believe that we all have the capacity to overcome life's challenges and to become the best that we can be, through finding our own answers. However, this can be difficult to do alone, and where counselling and psychotherapy may be beneficial. As a therapist, my role is to help you better understand how and why you think and feel as you do, enabling you to make the choices leading towards the changes that you wish to make. My aim is to offer a safe, confidential space where you can talk about what is troubling you and be really heard without fear of judgement.
As an integrated therapist, my training was in a number of approaches, some psychodynamic and some humanistic. Don’t worry too much about what this means, but you may want to Google some of the approaches that inform my practice which, amongst others. are:
Object Relations theory
I keep up to date with new theory and thinking, and attend regular training and workshops throughout the year so that my thinking does not become “fixed” and/or outdated.
Clients have the opportunity to use creative methods (ie sandtray, objects, pictures, art and mark making etc) if appropriate. You may or may not want to try this, it’s your choice entirely.
Safeguarding & Confidentiality
I work with a range of clients, including working with young people under the age of 18 and vulnerable adults. I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate as well as up to date Safeguarding training levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. Evidence can be shown on request.
I offer a confidential space where you can talk freely without fear of judgment, giving you the opportunity to share and /or "offload" experiences that may have been troubling you for some time.
To book or find out more, contact me:
The Old Mill House, Mill Ln, Uckfield TN22 5AA, UK