I began my counselling career 20 years ago whilst working for HM Prison Service where I provided post incident support to members of staff. Since then I have gone on to gain a BSc degree in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University. I have completed training in several evidence based NICE approved psychotherapeutic interventions including Counselling for Depression (CFD), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
I have been working as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice since 2009 and I have previously worked for 10 years within the NHS as a Psychological Therapist in primary care. I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety disorders, low self esteem, anger, grief, relationship difficulties, attachment issues and PTSD.
I have previously facilitated Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups within the NHS and currently offer Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in groups as well as one to one within my private practice. I am able to use Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for a variety of presentations. EMDR is best known for treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) however it can help with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stressful life events such as bereavement and divorce, recovery from addictions as well as complex childhood trauma.
I am able to work with clients who may have problems stemming from traumatic childhood experiences. Trauma in childhood such as repetitive or prolonged abuse, emotional neglect, school bullying, parental divorce, or abandonment has been shown to have long lasting effects into adulthood. This can range from complex PTSD, heightened anxiety, chronic physical health conditions, maladaptive ways of thinking or behaving, low self esteem, feeling empty or disconnected, emotional dysregulation and addictions.
I am able to work with individuals to comfortably and safely process memories of earlier life experiences. Together we will work on developing new and more adaptive ways to deal with the emotions, beliefs, body responses and thoughts that accompany them to reduce emotional distress and nourish their capacity for wholeness and healing.
I currently offer the 8 week Mindfulness Based Cognitive therapy (MBCT) courses to small groups within my private practice. I can also offer this on a one to one basis on request. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy has been shown to reduce symptoms of anxiety, stress, chronic pain and help in the recovery of trauma and addiction. It can also reduce the symptoms of depression and significantly reduce the risk of relapse for people who experience recurrent depression.
I am also able to offer walking and talking therapy for clients who prefer to meet outside rather than in the counselling room or via video call (This is weather dependant and risk assessed).