I am a chartered Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol) and Associate Fellow (AFBPsS), accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC), as well as a Trained EMDR Therapist.
I hold a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, a Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and a BSc(Hons) in Psychology. I am a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (DCoP) with the BPS and a full member of the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA).
As a qualified EMDR therapist I work with both single and complex traumatic events, and with individuals who suffer from primary traumatic disorders.
I hold a professional, personal and civil indemnity insurance and abide by and practice according to the ethical and good practice guidance of the BPS and HCPC.
In my over 10 years of experience I have been privileged to work with people from many walks of life and have noticed that what most people seem to need, perhaps especially in those busy times, seemingly dominated by technology, is a bit of human connection, a little helping hand to make sense of life, be heard and be listened to- attentively, with an open ear and heart.
In my therapeutic practice I currently work predominantly with issues around relationships, intimacy, anxiety, depression, loneliness and isolation, self-esteem, body image and eating disorders, gender identity and a more general unease around existence.
In my work as a consultant and psychologist, I tend to work a lot with stress, burn-out and how to manage and find a work-life balance, as well as addiction, anxiety, depression, anger and compulsivity. I also prepare and run workshops and give talks on well-being, stress management, relationships, resilience, self-esteem and over-connectivity in the digital realm.
As a freelance lecturer at the New School of Psychotherapy (NSPC) I lecture doctoral students, provide clinical supervision and provide research supervision for doctoral and masters students.
In the past I worked in a charity in East London with both long- and short term clients from all walks of life from the age of 20-65, with a variety of presenting issues, ranging from anxiety, depression, sexuality, bereavement and loss, eating/body image, abuse, drugs and alcohol issues to social isolation, low self esteem and a lack of sense of meaning (Claremont, 2010-2012).
It was there that I also facilitated a Psychotherapy group for people aged 55+ for a year, as with the individual clients within an existential- phenomenological setting.
Unlike most substance use related therapies, I had the opportunity to work with recovering drug users in an existential phenomenological setting as part of their recovery treatment. The work I did and the struggles faced by my clients inspired me to write my doctorate thesis on the experience of recovery utilizing Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) (Lifeline UK, 2011-2012).
In my professional training I have also been privileged to be able to see primary school children aged between 5-10, within a school setting, as both long- and short term clients (Place2Be, 2009-2010).
I have also worked with adults suffering from severe mental health issues, including Schizophrenia, Borderline Personality and other Personality Disorders in a more supportive capacity as a key and support worker (CHT, 2007).
My Bachelor dissertation was a quantitative study on the effects of social class in British Society on perceived physical attractiveness.