Over a period of six years, I trained at the Minster Centre in North London and hold a Masters Degree and an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy; qualifications accredited by Middlesex University. As a training requirement, but equally because I believe that therapists must know themselves very well in order to practise well, I have spent years in my own personal therapy, which has been its own reward.
I am also a trained EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) therapist, and trained with Sandi Richman of Richman EMDR Training.
Learning is an ongoing process and I continue to develop and update my work through reading new research, having regular supervision, and attending talks and conferences.
In addition to my private practice, I also worked at The Rock Clinic for several years; a charity in Brighton that offers reduced cost counselling and psychotherapy to the Sussex community.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I held organisational roles within large London-based corporations in a wide variety of sectors and, like many of my clients, I have experienced the pressures of working in demanding and stressful environments.
I also hold qualifications in clinical massage, aromatherapy and nutrition and worked part-time as a complementary therapist for many years. Although I no longer offer treatments in these areas, my background has informed my psychotherapy practice by my knowledge and experience of the body, and a deep understanding that mind and body are fundamentally intertwined.
I am registered with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy), the leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors, and well-known for its exacting standards and rigorous training requirements.
I am also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK.
I am a member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland and EMDR Europe which means that I have been trained by an accredited EMDR trainer.
I am a member of the Minster Centre.