'I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become.'
I gained my Advanced Diploma in Integrative counselling and psychotherapy at CPPD, and have subsequently done further training in working with trauma. I have also been a contributor to The School of Life's films and psychological toolkits. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Prior to training as a therapist, I did a first degree and MA and worked for a number of years in a high pressure area of the arts. I am still involved in a creative field and bring to my therapy practice an understanding of the pressures a creative and/or high pressure job can present.
Style and Theoretical Approach
I am trained in both humanistic and psychodynamic modalities and am particularly influenced by attachment theory, internal family systems and relational/compassion/mindfulness based ways of working. My work is also informed by my passion for film, tv, literature, philosophy and the arts.
My style is collaborative, compassionate and supportively challenging. I will, if you find it useful, share psychotherapeutic theories, and techniques that can provide you with a 'toolkit' to use between sessions. This can help you regulate your emotions and feel less overwhelmed and more in control. I also think laughter can be a real tonic and although therapy is a serious undertaking, it doesn't always have to be sombre.
Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
There is constant research and development in this field, and I regularly engage in continuing professional development. Recent further training includes:
Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma (Janina Fisher) - Pesi.com - ongoing
Dealing with Distress: working with suicide and self-harm - Carolyn Spring
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - Affinity Centre
The Clinical Application of Compassion - NICABM
Treating Trauma Master Series -NICABM
A Missing Dimension in Traditional Therapy - Pat Ogden - Sensorimotoronline