I am currently undertaking a doctorate in existential psychotherapy and counselling, MSc (distinction), PgDip, PgCert, BA (Hons). I have been in practice as a counsellor and psychotherapist for over 20 years working with a wide range of people and issues in a variety of contexts.
Experience and Qualifications
I am a highly experienced counsellor/psychotherapist. I have worked with a wide variety of people and issues in a number of settings such as a mental health charity, the NHS, private practice and significantly as a counsellor/psychotherapist in education counselling students and staff. I have worked in Higher Education for seventeen years, providing a leadership role within a multi-disciplinary university counselling, wellbeing and mental health service for nine years, leading student counselling and managing a workplace counselling service for four years.
I have also worked extensively with life crises, loss, grief, meaning or its lack, in life.
I have substantial experience in supervising the work of other therapists and counselling trainees and have learned much from others’ practice and from the experience of working with a diverse range of clients across a number of therapeutic approaches.
I have continued to develop as a therapist, as I am committed and passionate about what I do. I originally trained as an integrative counsellor/psychotherapist and have knowledge and training in a number of approaches, including person-centred, psychodynamic, brief therapies, solution-focused therapy, CBT and third wave approaches. I have also undertaken focused training in sexuality and gender identity issues. I can offer brief, mid or long-term counselling and psychotherapy.
I have particular experience in providing counselling and psychotherapy to those training or working in education and medical, health and social care professions.
Before training as a therapist, I worked for nine years in the arts and theatre. I have skills in helping people with performance and presentation fears (and ‘test’ anxiety), procrastination and perfectionism, and working through creative blocks in their work or life.
I have substantial experience of expressive/creative therapies and working with therapeutic writing for a range of issues, including trauma.
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
I am accredited with BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and organisational member of UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association), SEA (Society of Existential Analysis), Lapidus International (Words for Wellbeing Association), BACP-UC (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Universities and Colleges Division) and committee member of YES (Yorkshire Existential Society).