Training and experience
I am a fully trained counsellor and psychotherapist. I completed a rigorous five year postgraduate psychodynamic psychotherapy training at Westminster Pastoral Foundation (WPF) Therapy, one of the leading academic and clinical training institutions in the UK. This training is also accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the University of Roehampton.
I have also undertaken a year long course in ‘Transitions: Adolescence Into Adulthood’ at the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP). The training focuses on working with people who are 18 to 25 years of age and covers areas such as sexuality, gender, eating disorders, body dysphoria, identity and cyberspace.
Originally, I trained as an artist and fashion illustrator. After a number of years working freelance, I went on to develop community art projects and summer schemes for children and young people. I then retrained and worked with children and young people (and their families) who have complex needs and challenging lives. Much of the latter work took place in educational settings and the youth justice system.
I currently work as a counsellor and psychotherapist with adults and young people.
’’The art of people is a true mirror of their minds.’’ Jawaharlal Nehru
Personal qualifications in counselling and psychotherapy
My approach to counselling and psychotherapy focuses on you as a whole person and what you bring to each session, each week. With that in mind, we would then start to make sense of what underlies your thoughts and feelings, and the difficulties you are experiencing. This may not be easy, and it may mean that it takes time to come to terms with the frustrations and loses. Together, we would then discover new perspectives and possibilities available to you.
‘’Keep speaking the years from their hiding places
keep coughing up smoke from all the deaths you have died
keep the rage tender
because the soft season will come
it will come.’’
I am a member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC), the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) and the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). I abide by a strict ethical and professional code of conduct set out by these organisations.