My initial training was at the London Centre for Psychotherapy, where I completed a two-year foundation course in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I followed that with a three-year training at The Minster Centre, London, and was awarded a Diploma in Integrative Counselling. I also have a BA (Hons) in Communication Studies and an M.Phil in Cultural Studies.
I am currently completing a further training at The Minster Centre, leading to an Advanced Diploma/MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have had specialist training in working with people affected by domestic and sexual violence, and have worked intensively in this field. I have attended short courses covering a range of areas including bereavement, eating disorders and working with trauma. I continue to attend courses, workshops and seminars as part of my ongoing professional development.
I have experience of working as a counsellor in the voluntary/charity sector (Woman’s Trust, Family Action), as well as in private practice, and I enjoy working with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. I began my working life as a sociologist, and continue to be fascinated by the ways in which our individual lives, including our internal worlds, are shaped by our social environment.
More recently, I have worked for over twenty years in independent film, and I have an interest in working with people from the arts and cultural industries, including those experiencing creative blocks or looking for new directions or purpose in life. I have worked in a range of arts and film organisations, and have supported staff during periods of workplace change and personal transition. As a manager and mentor I have considerable experience of motivating and empowering people. I am happy to be able to draw on these experiences, as appropriate, in my therapeutic work.
As a registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I abide by their code of ethics: http://www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/