Background & Qualifications
Therapy background and qualifications
After working as a Samaritan volunteer for eight years, I decided to build upon this valuable experience and started a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, choosing a training which had as its ‘core model’ the person centred values of the Samaritans. I completed this four year training in 1998 and worked in the NHS since then, as well as running a small private practice. I retired from the NHS in 2016.
During this time I worked with people of all ages experiencing a whole range of mental health problems, which included those dealing with the severe long term effects of all kinds of childhood trauma.
Depending on your wishes, I can work over a shorter or longer period. Shorter term work is usually about six to eight sessions while longer term therapy can be open-ended and is an opportunity to work at deeper levels. I would review our work together on a regular basis to ensure you are getting the help you need, however, I would welcome feedback from you at any time so that our communication remains open and honest.
I also work with children and families, my training as a family mediator was useful in this context. This is challenging work for all concerned, but particularly helpful too, as each individual gets to be heard by every other family member. I find sandtray work is helpful in this context encouraging both children and adults to find new, and sometimes easier ways to express themselves.
My family work is a bespoke service set up to meet the needs of each individual family, which means I might be working with various members of the family on their own as well as working with the whole family together.
Cert. in Online Counselling. OCST. 2014
Cert. in Supervision COSCA. 2009
Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. 1994 - 1998
Models: Person Centred, Transactional Analysis (TA) and Gestalt)