In 2014, I enrolled in the professional training programme at Lambeth College. I studied for three years, training as an integrative counsellor. The training gave me a thorough grounding in the principles of psychodynamic and Person-Centred Theory. During my training, I took a placement at the West London Centre for Counselling. We provided time-limited therapy (12 weekly sessions) to residents of the London Borough of Hammersmith. After qualifying, I continued to work at WLCC until I relocated to Brighton and set up in Private Practice. In July 2019, I was recruited by Counselling in Companies, an organisation providing counselling services to Employee Assistance Programmes all over the country. Since working with Counselling in Companies, I have been recruited by two other EAP organisations: The Employee Resilience Company (TERC) and Phoenix Together and have built up a wealth of experience working with clients dealing with a wide range of psychological issues.
I am an integrative counsellor using psychodynamic and person-centred therapies. My approach in providing therapy is to create a safe, confidential environment where a client feels able to discuss any issues they wish to address without fear of being judged. Creating this therapeutic relationship allows the client to explore their history, their feelings and understand themselves more deeply. Nothing makes me happier than hearing clients say they feel "unburdened" through therapy and seeing them go on to create happier and more fulfilling lives.
I have worked in a variety of industries including theatre and film, catering, financial services and journalism. I grew up in a small village in Devon where my parents were the local doctors. After leaving school I trained as an actor and worked in theatre, television and film for 25 years. I also developed an interest in Buddhism and Eastern theories of medicine, attaining a professional qualification in shiatsu, a Japanese system of bodywork using the principles of acupuncture. In 1995, I took some time away from work to develop my interest in literature and took a BA in English and related literature at the University of York. I began having therapy in 2010 and found it hugely beneficial. I attribute my work with a skilled humanistic therapist as being the spur that enabled me to transform my life for the better, providing me with insight and understanding of my history and psychological make up. Having been through an extensive period of therapy, I know how it can have a profound and positive impact, enabling us to create happier and healthier lives.