BSc (hons) Psychology; Exeter University, 1979.
MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy; University of Surrey, 2002.
MBACP (accred) 2006 (accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and psychotherapy)
UPCA ( Universities psychotherapy and counselling association) member.
SEA ( Society for Existential Analysis) member.
Registered DIT practitioner about Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
I am interested in photography and the use of images in counselling and psychotherapy. I have attended conferences on ‘Phototherapy’ in England and Europe about the range of ways photographs can be used therapeutically.
Problems worked with include anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, anger, trauma, abuse and neglect. Also bereavement, infertility, marital breakdown/divorce, communication problems and identity issues.
I have a first degree in psychology and have always been fascinated by people. In the late 1990’s I decided to train as a therapist, graduating with an MSc in counselling and psychotherapy from the University of Surrey in 2002.
I am experienced in a range of theoretical approaches ( Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Existential, Cognitive Behavioural ) and as a part time senior lecturer I teach counselling at the University of Roehampton. I find this very rewarding and a change from the more intensive individual work that I also enjoy. Working with my UKCP colleagues is intellectually stimulating and keeps me up to date with current debate and thought leaders in the therapy community.
As a counsellor in the NHS I have worked with a wide range of problems and with individuals from many different ages and backgrounds. This work is generally short term (as time is restricted and demand high) but enables those who would not ususally be able to access therapy a chance to be helped. I appreciate the diversity and resilience of my patients and much can be done in a brief therapy but sometimes a longer time period is necessary.
I am fully qualified in DIT or ‘Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy’ and registered with BPC as such (British Psychoanaltic Council). This specialisation offers 16 sessions of focused interpersonal psychotherapy and offers patients a choice, a different approach from the Cognitive Behavioural therapies that are so widespread.