My Background to Becoming a Counsellor and Psychotherapist
After taking my first degree in Psychology I worked in the field of education, first as a teacher, then a manager and later as an SEN consultant. During this period I also qualified as an educational psychologist. My focus was on working with children and adolescents with special educational needs, including behavioural and learning difficulties. This experience gave me an understanding of the effect of early experiences on development and also a strong belief in human resilience and the ability to change. In my practice I do not necessarily focus only on early experiences but do believe they can play a part in current difficulties.
This was the background to my decision to become a psychotherapist. I trained for five years at Metanoia Institute to become an Integrative Psychotherapist and after working in a number of different organisations now focus on my private practice.
M Sc Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
Diploma in Clinical Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute)
M Sc Educational Psychology (University of East London)
Advanced Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (BST)
PGCE Institute of Education London
B.A. Psychology (Reading University)
Areas of Specialism
I work with individuals on a range of issues including anxiety, stress, relationship problems, family concerns,depression, phobias, identity issues.
I also specialise in working with adolescents and young people.
My approach is Integrative. This looks at the key factors that promote successful outcomes for therapy across the range of different theories and models. Research has shown that one of the most important is the relationship between client and therapist. A successful relationship is one where the client feels safe, respected, listened to and heard. Within this context of trust understanding can emerge and meaningful changes can take place.
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