I am a qualified counsellor and a graduate psychologist with special interests in trauma and outdoors therapy. As a graduate psychologist, I like to keep up-to-date access to scientific research in the wider discipline of psychology and neuroscience. I have a certificate in working with psychological trauma of all types, and as a counsellor working until recently with Rasasc (see below), I have expanded that knowledge with in-house training and supervision. I also have a degree in fine art, which surprisingly is useful in understanding subconscious processes. I have a diploma in hypnotherapy including clinical hypnotherapy. I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics.
I have experience of training and development in various approaches including person-centred therapy, self psychology, solution-focused therapy, attachment focused therapy, person-centred art therapy, mindfulness (8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy), outdoor walking therapy, Gestalt therapy, Transactional Analysis (TA101), couples therapy (ongoing), focusing therapy, working with eating disorders and EFT (Emotion Focused Psychotherapy). My approach to psychotherapeutic counselling is pluralistic, with a humanistic experiential bias. As I draw on a number of different theoretical backgrounds and approaches this allows me flexibility to tailor the therapy to each individual client, done working collaboratively and with full supervisory support. I work to encourage autonomous decision making, trusting that ultimately everyone knows at heart what is best for them. I also work with the process of releasing difficult to access emotions in a safe and non-judgement way. This means that unfinished business with significant others, and inner conflict regarding major dilemmas is worked with effectively. I give a very high priority to the quality of the relationship, so endeavour to provide a collaborative, warm, confidential working relationship.
I have worked at Rasasc (Rape and Sexual Support Centre) as a volunteer and paid counsellor and an assessor. This means I have particular experience working with childhood sexual abuse, rape and sexual assault. It also means that I can work in a long term, steady and unhurried way for those people suffering form multiple trauma especially related to childhood, whether involving sexual abuse or not.
Having an arts education has its own advantages, as it enables me to work creatively e.g. by using metaphor, imagery and visualisation, which in turn enables creative problem solving. I have also recently completed Level 1 training in Person Centred Expressive Arts and I am incorporating this approach in my practice.
I have experience working with a wide range of needs which include: bereavement, anxiety, depression, work related stress, sexual assault and rape, childhood sexual abuse, childhood trauma, symptoms of PTSD, low self-esteem, mental breakdown, relationship breakdown and dilemmas, chronic illness, chronic pain, bulimia, relationship dilemmas, difficulties with career decisions, infertility, infant loss. My qualifications and certificates are listed below.
Personal experience has been a vast resource for learning also: I am well placed to work with the problems of living as an ex-pat; professional and personal issues of artists and creatives; problems associated with raising children with chronic medical conditions; and with pregnancy loss and reproductive trauma.
Bsc (Soc Sci) Hons Psychology (University of Southampton)
Level 5 Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Certificate in Trauma Counselling (Wealden College) with Joanna Beazley Richards
Diploma in Hypnotherapy (Hampshire School of Hypnotherapy)
Level 1 Certificate Person-Centred Arts Therapy including Skills with Dinah Brown
Level 1 Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy (University of Strathclyde) with Robert Elliot