About me

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I first became interested in counselling and psychotherapy over 15 years ago, while working as a volunteer mediator for Bristol Mediation.   I was interested in how troubled relationships (in this case, between neighbours) could have such a detrimental effect on people’s sense of wellbeing and on the progress of their lives. I realised that helping people address the problems in these relationships often had far-reaching effects: with the burden of the difficult relationship lifted, people’s lives became easier and more contented.

My work for Bristol Mediation led me to train first as a couple counsellor for Relate, and then later as a family therapist. Although I was initially interested in working with couples and families on “relationship problems”, I soon broadened my focus and started working with individuals on a range of different issues and concerns. What fascinated me was that whatever problem had brought the client to seek psychotherapy, relationships were often at the heart of their story.

As a therapist, I draw on different theoretical ideas and on my own experience of what works for different clients. What this means is that I come at problems from several different angles, rather than expecting one theoretical approach to offer up all the answers. I am probably most often found combining psychodynamic and systemic approaches. So I would help you to become more aware of how past events may still be influencing your behaviour in the present, so that, armed with this new awareness, you could make more conscious choices about how to be in the world. At the same time, I would think about problems in the context of your family and other relationships, and work with you on bringing about shifts in these relationships. Although I have considerable experience and expertise, I am always aware that you are the expert in your own life, and that ultimately only you can know what works for you.

I have worked at Relate (2005-2011); at the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (2007-2009); and at the Bridge Foundation (2011-2015).  Since 2012, I have been a member of the UKCP’s Professional Conduct Committee.   Alongside my work as a psychotherapist, I run workshops on behalf of the Donor Conception Network.

I have been fully qualified and UKCP-registered since 2010, and in private practice since 2011. I have a supervisor with whom I discuss my work, and regularly attend workshops and training to further develop my practice.

Qualifications

My qualifications include:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (University of Bristol)
  • Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling (Relate/University of East London)
  • MSc (Econ.) Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics)
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Modern Languages (University of Oxford)

I belong to the following professional bodies: