I am a highly experienced UKCP accredited integrative psychotherapist, having completed a five-year training in Psychodrama, Group & Individual Psychotherapy at the Maudsley Hospital, London. Furthermore, I hold professional registration with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) as an Arts Psychotherapist and I am a full member of the British Association of Dramatherapists (BADth) and the International Association for Group Psychotherapy & Group Processes (IAGP). In addition to my membership of professional associations, I am also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) - awarded for outstanding achievements in social progress and development.
Over the last nineteen years, I have trained and worked in a variety of creative approaches to psychological therapy. I originally completed a foundation certificate in Integrative Counselling and a postgraduate diploma in Wilderness & Creative Arts Therapy between 2003 and 2006. Since then I have gone on to complete an M.A. in Dramatherapy, a postgraduate certificate in Environmental Arts Therapy, a postgraduate certificate in Family Interventions for Psychosis and an advanced postgraduate diploma in Psychodrama, Group & Individual Psychotherapy. Further to this, I am currently in the preliminary stages of training in Analytical Psychology and Jungian psychoanalysis at the Independent Group of Analytical Psychologists (IGAP), London.
With nearly twenty years of experience, I offer highly skilled psychotherapy to individuals and groups in my private practice. I also work as principal psychotherapist within a specialist NHS psychology service for adults with severe, complex and enduring mental health problems. Within the NHS I supervise other mental health professionals as well as seeing patients for one-to-one and group psychotherapy. In my private practice, I work with a wider spectrum of people experiencing everything from mental and emotional distress to major life changes, as well as those who are seeking to make more meaning in their lives or gain a deeper understanding of themselves.
I provide a safe and supportive environment in which you can make positive changes to your way of being - in relation to yourself, others, and the wider world. I work through a mix of verbal exploration as well as more creative and expressive techniques such as 'action methods' and the arts. My aim in this is to support you in accessing your own innate wisdom and personal sense of direction. There is no need for you to have any previous experience of the arts to work in this way. It is part of my role to help make this way of working accessible to you.
All potential clients can have a free fifteen-minute telephone discussion before deciding whether or not to attend an initial assessment session in which we will explore your reasons for seeking counselling or psychotherapy and what approach (group or one-to-one) would be most appropriate.
Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.