I am an experienced and qualified counsellor registered with the BACP.
My journey to becoming a counsellor has no doubt been shaped in part by my degree in psychology in my twenties and in part by my fine art training and film theory training in the my forties, but in reality it's my life experience in total which has been the largest influence. I have lived abroad in Europe, which was enriching in some ways and traumatic in other ways. I have lost a baby. I have suffered with chronic health conditions and so have my children.
My background is mostly academic, so I read extensively within the field of psychology and psychotherapy and I read the peer reviewed research, where relevant, as prefer an evidence based approach. Equally, I am sensitive to the world, the environmental and nature, which I relate to in a wholistic and spiritual way. I love to walk and do so daily.
Personal growth is a very important value for me, I love to learn and challenge myself, so I pursue new avenues and opportunities for expanding my therapeutic skills and knowledge with enthusiasm and dedication. Early in my career I undertook specialist training in psychological trauma and then worked for over two years with sexual assault, rape and sexual abuse at RASASC in Guildford. This was has been the foundation stone of my private practice.
I offer counselling for adults on a short term or long term basis for common life problems and more complex mental health issues.