I have worked with mental health issues within the public sector of Social Services and the National Health service since 1988. From then on I developed a keen interest in how people overcame the difficulties they had and how psychotherapy, in particular, helped them to get better. I then undertook my core training in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regents College. I continued my training as a psychodynamic counsellor with Kings College working at Guys Hospital providing psychotherapy to people with a life changing health issue. I hold medical qualifications in Hypnotherapy at advanced practitioner level gained from The London College of Clinical Hypnotherapy, the only college in the country which teaches a medical diploma at practitioner level. I have a Master of Science degree in the treatment and diagnosis of mental health issues from Kings College in conjunction with Guys Hospital London. Over the years I have supplemented those initial qualifications with training in numerous other schools of psychotherapy, making me now a very experienced Integrative Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist.
I have a keen interest in how our minds often influence our physical wellbeing and our general health. I have spent many years working with individuals who have experienced severe trauma in their lives. With the right approach and understanding people can overcome all manner of adversity. I have a particular interest in cultural differences and how we express distress according to our upbringing along with helping people discover what works to make them feel better.
An Integrative Therapist is one that treats each client as a unique individual and rather than attempting to use only one style of therapy, will use a wide range of tried and tested techniques to reach an effective resolution for the client in the shortest time possible.
I pay exceptionally close attention to understanding you and your view of the world. I bring empathy, kindness, wisdom, humility, humour when appropriate and a vast amount of measured experience to your sessions.
My work is client – focussed, and often life changing.
I am a senior accredited member of the National Council of Psychotherapists and on an accredited register with the National Counselling Society. These are both accredited by the Complementary and National Healthcare Council CNHC which is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for health and social care. I am also a full accredited member of the British Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
All of these have a code of conduct, confidentiality and clear ethics which can be viewed online. I also hold full public indemnity insurance.
Working with me involves starting with a free initial consultation to see if I am the right person for you.