I would describe my strengths as empathy, creativity and attention to detail, and these qualities enable me to work in a gentle and individual way with each client that I have the privilege of working with. Having lived through and overcome a number of challenges in my life, including mental health issues, I am very aware of the complexity and at times the intense pain of life. I strive to get to know each of my clients as a whole person, made up of many interconnected parts, not a number, a label or a diagnosis.
I believe that by connecting with the different parts of ourselves we find strengths and resources within us that may have become lost over time. When we step into ourselves fully we begin to value and care for ourselves more, and we learn that we are not all one thing or the other – and that is OK.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill College in Exeter. I also have a first class honours degree in Psychosocial Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Additionally, I am on the PODS (Positive Outcomes for Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) register of ‘dissociation-friendly’ therapists and have experience of working with survivors of abuse.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This means that I subscribe to the BACP code of ethics (the Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions). As a registered member I am required to attend regular supervision with a qualified counselling supervisor to ensure that I am working effectively and safely. I am also required to take responsibility for keeping my knowledge and skills up to date through training and personal development.