I trained as a psychotherapist and counsellor with Chichester Counselling Services. I have run therapeutic groups continually for public sector providers from 2005 to 2018. Simultaneously, I have been working one-to-one with counselling clients since 2005. I have been supervised continually at every point.
Prior to this, I have a lengthy academic background as well as holding down various jobs in sales, banking, voluntary work, social care work and pastoral care. I've personally benefited from psychotherapy myself with both short and long term work on several occasions for a wide variety of different issues which started with family bereavement.
People say I come across as non-judgemental, calm, approachable, friendly and warm. They say they find me consistent and reliable, honest and trustworthy. I find my work very rewarding. I find it stimulating to work with people who want to bring about changes and watch those changes happening. I am comfortable with being emotionally close with others. If I make a mistake, I acknowledge it, own up and talk about it even if its awkward or uncomfortable to do so.
I work with an integrated style that is psychodynamically based and tailored for each client's needs. Cognitive behavioural therapy, transactional analysis and solution focused therapy are just some methods that are incorporated as required. I chose to have regular further training as part of continually developing and strengthening my practice.
I am a senior accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (MBACP Snr Accred). I have a diploma in psychotherapeutic counselling from Chichester Counselling Services. I have degrees in Law (Lancaster), Divinity (London), and Community and Criminal Justice (de Montfort, Leicester).