About

I am an experienced Psychotherapist with a background in Mental Health Nursing, Education and Community Arts. My qualifications include:

        • M.A. Integrative Arts Psychotherapy
        • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
        • M.Sc. Professional and Policy Studies (Health)
        • B.A. Education and Community Studies
        • Cruse bereavement training, and Bereavement after traumatic loss (2018)
        • Mindfulness Training (Stanton/Williams 2012/15)
        • Compassion Focussed Therapy (Gilbert 2015)
        • ‘Mindsight’ : Neuroscience (Siegel 2013)
        • ‘BRIEF’ : A solution focused outlook on Therapy (2016)
        • Tavistock & Gendered Intelligence : Working with gender and sexual diversity, Trans awareness (2018)
        • Centre for Spiritual Exploration and Accompaniment (Cert/Dip 2018/19)
  • As a Psychotherapist for more than 20 years I have worked with individuals and groups in various settings both within the NHS, Education, Community Projects and Private Practice. My work is informed by a range of psychotherapeutic theories including Humanistic/Transpersonal, Psychodynamic, Attachment Theory  and current research into the Neuroscience of relating. I am also a great believer in the healing capacity of the Arts and see them as valuable aids to communication and facilitating therapeutic work. Artistic ability is not necessary to benefit from accessing the arts, metaphor and the imagination , they are an option which you may find compliment the verbal process and help you move on. By seeing me and engaging in the process of psychotherapy you can:
        • Develop your ability to maintain positive and fulfilling relationships with yourself and other people
        • Manage personal crises; Loss and bereavement past and present, coping with illness, trauma, divorce
        • Optimise psychological wellbeing by addressing anxiety and depression and managing stress
        • Achieve personal growth by improving self esteem and confidence, assertiveness skills and creativity
        • Consider and explore issues of identity
        • Develop a more positive frame by gaining insight around ongoing   patterns of negative thinking, feeling and behaviour
        • Engage in life reviews and examine life transitions
        • Explore Body Image and your relationship with food
        • Identify clearly how your past impacts your present
        • Be accompanied on personal journeys; Spiritual crises and loss of meaning

    I work within a theoretical and practical framework and am fully insured and registered with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) and IATE (Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education). To be a member of the UKCP and my member organisation IATE I am required to undertake rigorous  continuing professional development courses each year. I adhere to both these organisations’ code of ethics and professional conduct.