I have over five years' experience of working with clients as a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Trainee Therapist and I’m completing the final stages of my MSc in Person-centred Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute.
As well as abiding by the ethical standards of the Metanoia Institute, I’m a trainee member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) which sets the ethical standards for psychotherapists in the UK. I abide by their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct.
Prior to establishing my private practice, I worked for over three years at the West London Centre for Counselling, an Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) funded agency.
As part of my UKCP training, I have undertaken a ten-week Mental Health Familiarisation Placement at a women's hostel in South-east London with Look Ahead. I set up a weekly drop-in service where women who may have experienced homelessness and had contact with psychiatric services could have a space to talk about different areas of their lives.
Over the years, I have worked with clients in short-term, medium-term and long-term therapy. I’ve been privileged to work with many clients of differing ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities/disabilities, nationalities and social-cultural backgrounds as well as those who hold religious beliefs or no belief.
I have strong experience in facilitating therapy relationships with clients from diverse backgrounds; sitting with and supporting them in their struggles, moments of sadness, frustration, anger, hope, joy and growth. Some of the issues I have experience of working with include:
Feelings around psychiatric diagnosis
Lack of direction
Living with a long-term health condition
Loss (in its many manifestations)
Obsessive compulsion/intrusive thoughts
Relationship identity and diversity
Sex and intimacy
I meet regularly with my practice supervisor to review my work, to ensure I’m practising ethically and working in the best possible way as your therapist. I also hold professional indemnity insurance.
I undertake regular continuing professional development activities to keep up-to-date with developments and contemporary research in the fields of psychotherapy and counselling.
As a requirement of my psychotherapy training, I’ve completed a qualitative research project exploring the experiences of heterosexual person-centred psychotherapists/counsellors working with LGBQ clients. Conducting this research has enabled me to gain specialist experience of this practice area.
Before undertaking psychotherapy/counselling training and practice, I worked in the Higher Education sector for a number of years. For two years, I also worked as a Volunteer Mentor with the Albert Kennedy Trust where I met weekly with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) homeless young people on a one-to-one basis, supporting them with day-to-day issues and their personal development.
MSc in Contemporary Person-centred Psychotherapy and Applications
Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University
Started in 2013 and due to be completed by June 2020.
All taught elements passed.
Certificate in Counselling and Counselling Skills
Birkbeck, University of London
Counselling: An Introduction
City Literary Institute
MA in Early Modern English Literature
King’s College London
BA in English Literature with Classical Studies
University of Reading