Qualifications and Training
I am a fully qualified psychotherapist and member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I hold a postgraduate degree (MSc) in Integrative Psychotherapy which I trained for at the Metanoia Institute in West London (www.metanoia.ac.uk). This is a long-term, intensive training, accredited by the UKCP and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and validated by Middlesex University. I have also undertaken a separate training in telephone counselling.
I have 13 years’ experience as a psychotherapist, working across the private sector, charity sector, and university sector. I have also volunteered as a listener in psychiatric settings. I have worked with people from many different walks of life, different social and economic backgrounds, and different age groups.
I have experience of working with a wide range of emotional and psychological issues, including relationship problems, depression, anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, life transitions (e.g. leaving home, emigrating, becoming a parent, becoming disabled), family breakdown, abuse and neglect in childhood, identity issues and sexuality. I have particular interest in working with:
- Experiences of discrimination and prejudice – especially in relation to disability, sexual orientation, gender, and race/ethnicity.
- Academic and Study Related Issues – I have particular experience of working with university students and the problems that are common among students including work blocks, perfectionism, performance anxiety, social anxiety in groups (e.g. seminars), adjustment to the university environment, and work and career choices.
Telephone Counselling and Psychotherapy – Although the majority of my work is face-to-face, I do also offer a telephone service for those who prefer it.
I am a member of the following groups and organisations:
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is the UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. UKCP is the quality mark for high standards for in psychotherapy.
Oxfordshire Therapy and Self-Development (OTS) is a diverse community of counsellors and therapists from a wide range of therapeutic orientations, offering a wide range of psychological therapies, methods and therapy formats. OTS provides information about therapy generally as well as workshops on specific topics.