I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist working in private practice in Richmond. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I hold an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Masters degrees in Evolutionary Psychology and Counselling Psychology and a practitioner Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.
I am trained in various different therapeutic modalities, including; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), person-centered approaches and talking therapy, psychodynamic therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT). This means that I am able to suggest the most appropriate form of support, based on your individual needs and experiences.
I have also had further specific training, through my continuing professional development, in the following areas; A Child’s Grief – working with bereaved children, Sudden and Traumatic Loss, Survivors of Suicide, PTSD and Mental Health and Major Incident Response to natural disaster or terrorism. I hold additional qualifications in infant loss (I am an accredited member of the Foundation for Infant Loss) and in psychometric testing (I am on the BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use, RQTU).
I mostly offer an integrative approach therapy, drawing on aspects of many therapeutic models. Integrative therapy acknowledges that no two people are the same and that therapy must be tailored to suit the needs of each individual client. Research has consistently shown that the therapeutic relationship, between the client and the therapist, is the most important aspect of effective therapy. I therefore work very collaboratively with clients, being congruent, transparent and non-judgemental. I believe that, while the therapist has the theoretical knowledge, the client is the expert of themselves and that through a positive therapeutic relationship, the client has the capacity to change and grow.
I work mostly with adults and young people, in many areas of emotional well-being and mental health and I have experience in a wide range of client presentations and histories. In addition to my private work, I have worked within the NHS and charitable sector for some years in different services, including supporting people who have sustained life altering injuries, those living with long term medical conditions or disabilities, those with addiction issues, providing bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones, and supporting individuals presenting with a wide range of mental health difficulties, such as mood and personality disorders.