About Me

I was moved to become a counsellor and psychotherapist more than thirty years ago, after my own Mother died suddenly, and I found myself researching the experience of relatives who had experienced bereavement care in hospitals. From that time my understanding and ability to treat the shock and trauma of sudden death has grown.

I now work with traumas experienced by people from all walks of life whose losses are born of a wide range of issues. I integrate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprogramming) and the Flash technique into my work as an effective way to relieve symptoms resulting from such events. I draw on all my knowledge and understanding to create a unique therapeutic relationship with each person, which enables them to feel safe enough to speak freely.

I regularly attend professional conferences and workshops to update my skills, deepen my understanding and increase my therapeutic skill. Continuing professional development is a requirement for all registered or accredited counsellors and psychotherapists (see below); I have also enjoyed the opportunity to reflect deeply on my work over years by belonging to two personal and professional development groups. One integrated mindfulness practice with gestalt experiments and bodywork. The other is ongoing, and in this group I experience a high level of support and a high level of challenge from colleagues who have an equivalent level of qualification. This is an opportunity to reflect on, explain and develop my understanding, emotional response to, and use of integrative psychotherapy.

I have a particular interest in healing the impact of acute and chronic trauma, using a range of skills according to the needs of the person or people in front of me. I believe, and respect, the power of attachment in relationships and am developing my practical skills in delivering attachment-focused EMDR.

I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am an accredited member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland; also of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Association (IPTA). All requirements are updated annually. You can also find me via Linked In.

I hold a current DBA Certificate enabling me to work with vulnerable adults.

Professional Qualifications

  • Certificate in Counselling 1990
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) 1991
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy 2003
  • Certificate in Group Work 2004
  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction) 2006
  • Diploma in Psychotherapy 2006
  • Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2009
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2009
  • Expert Witness Certificate 2011
  • Interpersonal Mediator's Certificate 2011
  • Certificate in Working with Couples 2015
  • EMDR Practitioner 2016
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy 2016
  • EMDR Consultant Supervisor 2019

Key Aspects of Continuing Professional Development

  • Sandplay 2003
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2008
  • Family Constellations 2010 -2018
  • Advanced Groupwork 2013
  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 2016
  • Certificate Level 2 in Understanding Autism 2017
  • Embodied approaches to psychotherapy 2017
  • EMDR Flash Technique 2019
  • Working with Couples with Chronic Physical Conditions 2019
  • Offering therapy and EMDR online 2020

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