I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Minster Centre, London, and a BACP registered Coaching member.
I graduated in 1999 with a BSc Honours in Exercise and Health Science from Oxford Brookes University. I developed an interest in psychology and physical performance, where I learned about the relationship between the mind and body, and how they are fundamentally linked. It was through my studies and training in martial arts around the same time, that I began learning about buddhist philosophy and mindfulness meditation.
I learned that we have far greater power than we realise; in terms of changing our lives, regardless of our past; healing ourselves and creating our future. I’ve been inspired ever since to help people improve their quality of life. I firmly believe that with sufficient guidance we all have the potential to live deeply fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Before centering my practice on supporting adults with work-related stress and anxiety, I spent several years working in charitable organisations that provide low-cost counselling services. I’m experienced working with adults of all ages with issues including anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger management, attachment and relationship issues, loss and bereavement, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, OCD, eating disorders, low self-esteem, confidence issues, domestic abuse and work-related-stress and anxiety.
In parallel to my private practice, I work mentoring university students with learning difficulties (undergraduate and postgraduate level) at Bristol University, University West of England and Bath Spa, focussing on mitigating study and research related stress and anxiety.
As a registered BACP member, I am committed to Continuing Professional Development. In recent years I have undertaken training for CPD that includes: Relational Depth and Emotional connection in Online Therapy, Working with Addictive Disorders, Private Practice conference 2017 – Identity: ‘Can you tell me who I am?’ Working with Traumatic Memories using Eye Movement Integration (EMI), Constellations Identity Therapy IOPT and Living and working as a therapist in a world of online communication.
I engage in regular supervision in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.