My Qualifications and ExperienceAfter working for many years in the commercial business sector, I changed direction in my early 30s and having completed a Psychology degree, commenced Psychotherapy and Counselling training at Regent's College in London.
I undertook a Masters degree in Psychotherapy and Counselling, based on an integrative approach, covering a number of disciplines, such as psychoanalysis, humanistic and existential therapy and short training courses on areas such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, the body and spirituality.
I then continued by taking a more specialised course, an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, which I feel has not only influenced the way I work with clients but also my own personal way of being.
Aside from private practice, at present I also work as a counsellor for the Brunel University Counselling Service and as a volunteer mentor for the Active Herts exercise buddy scheme. Previously, I have worked in Patient and Family Support at Michael Sobell Hospice and for both Ealing and Enfield CCGs, and held several voluntary positions as a bereavement counsellor, a mentor for young people connected with the Prince's Trust and volunteered in a helpline capacity with the Samaritans and as a visitor/supporter of a Young Offenders' Institution.
All these experiences have led to meeting clients with a huge variety of issues, such as addiction, abuse, bereavement, child/family and couple relationships, cultural issues, depression, health concerns, issues of confidence and self-esteem, sexual identity, work related pressures, redundancy, trauma and phobias, to name but a few.