Over the years, I have come to appreciate how individual we all are and how important it is as a therapist to be intuitive and flexible in my work.
Trained originally as a person-centred therapist, I use an integrative therapy approach, sometimes introducing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness and body-awareness techniques or using creative tools, such as art materials, music or writing.
If you have any questions about what to expect in counselling or the way I work, please do give me a call or arrange an initial one-off session to meet me. Building a trusting, caring relationship is the single most important factor in predicting the success of therapy. If you are looking to begin counselling, it’s important to talk to a number of therapists and decide who you feel most comfortable to work with.
Another key factor of successful therapy is motivation. Before arranging a counselling session, spend some time thinking about what has brought you to therapy and what you hope for from the sessions. Increased self-awareness – about the way you react to people and situations – is always useful and can have a far-reaching impact on life as a whole. So, in many ways, coming to counselling is never a wasted experience…
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked as a journalist for 14 years and in sales and public relations. I am a married mum of three teenagers/young adults and owner of two dogs (who do not have access to my counselling rooms.)
I have lived abroad and love to travel, exercise and spend time outdoors. I am committed to personal growth and attend meditation retreats, weekly yoga, 5-Rhythms Dance and personal development groups.
BSc (Hons) Psychology -- Durham University 1986
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling -- Harrow College/Middlesex University 2005
Certficate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy -- Metanioa Institute 2011
MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy -- Terapia 2012 (incomplete due to family issues)
Foundation in Teaching Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy -- Oxford Mindfulness Centre 2014