Qualifications, Experience and Background
I have a post-graduate Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy from the Centre of Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London and I am educated to Masters Degree Level. I have been working privately in London and on the Isle of Wight for 8 years as well as working in the charity sector counselling young people and young adults. I have been accredited with the UKCP (United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapists) since 2014 and am committed to working within their ethical and professional framework including continuing professional development, regular supervision and maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients.
I started counselling in 2003 when I completed my Certificate in Counselling Skills from CCPE. I worked as a volunteer for MIND, a local hospice working with the terminally ill, Home-Start, supporting young mothers and with the Association for Post-Natal Depression whilst I was raising my young family.
I have had a life-long interest in alternative health and healing which has led me to undertake various trainings in shamanism, the healing arts such as reiki and transcendental meditation. In 2019 I completed a Diploma in Astrological Psychology from Astrological Psychology Association (APA) founded by Swiss astrologer/psychologists Bruno and Louise Huber. Astrological Psychology uses astrological charts to assist in the process of psychological and spiritual growth encompassing our heredity, environment, spirituality and links with the cosmos. Bruno described this approach to psychology through astrology as 'gilt edged'. He could discover in one or two sessions psychological issues that would only become clear after many hours of psychotherapy. If you are interested in using this method we can discuss this at our initial session.
In 2019 I completed my training as a supervisor with Robin Shohet and Joan Wilmot, Centre for Supervision, Team and Development (CSTD).
The courses I have undertaken for continuous professional development are solution focussed therapy, suicide, self-harm, safeguarding children and young people, autism, domestic violence, developmental trauma, disordered eating, grief and loss, LGBTQ, transgender, dream analysis and family constellations,