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.
In addition, I have recently completed a Diploma in Integrative Supervision at the Minster Centre and am currently working as a volunteer supervisor for two low-cost/no-fee counselling agencies in Harrow: Bereavement Care and Need to Talk, providing supervision to trainee counsellors working in placement, as well as providing supervision to individuals through my private practice.
My experience has also been influenced previously through working as a counsellor for Brunel University Counselling Service, Michael Sobell Hospice and both Ealing and Enfield CCGs. Throughout my career I have also held a number of voluntary positions; as a bereavement counsellor, a mentor for young people connected with the Prince's Trust, a Samaritan in both a helpline capacity and as a visitor to a Young Offenders' Institution and as an exercise buddy/mentor for Active Herts.
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.