I hold the following qualifications:
Masters (MSc) in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London
Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, Birkbeck, University of London
Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Birkbeck, University of London
BSc in Psychology and Anthropology, Oxford Brookes University.
A unique aspect of the Masters and Diploma course was the training in individual, group and organisational processes and dynamics which informs my therapeutic approach, particularly with regards to work related issues that clients may bring.
I carried out my initial clinical training as a student counsellor at King’s College and Queen Mary University. More recently I worked as a psychotherapist with the counselling service at Birkbeck, University of London, where the majority of my clients were managing full-time jobs along with family commitments whilst returning to study after many years break from higher education. I am also a Guest Lecturer on the Birkbeck Masters in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy course and present workshops on “short-term work” for trainee therapists
In addition, I am a supervisor and have professional development training in supervision skills with the British Psychotherapy Foundation. As part of my Continued Professional Development (CPD) I attend training conferences and events on a regular basis. To promote professional development and ongoing learning amongst psychotherapists who have a shared training background, I have held various roles on the committee of the Birkbeck Counselling Association (BCA) over four years, including being Co-Vice-Chair.
Before I trained to be a psychotherapist, I had over 20 years experience working in senior communications and public affairs roles across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors in multi-national, medium and small organisations. This has let to my particular interest in and commitment to promoting good mental health in the work-place and access to psychotherapeutic services for all without fear of stigma.
As an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I abide by their professional codes of ethics and conduct and adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.