BSc, Dip. Couns., Post Grad. Cert. CBT, ASIIP Cert. Supervision, BACP Accredited, UKRCP Reg.
I have been working in counselling and therapy since the early 1990’s when, after an initial training in Person Centred and Humanistic counselling (Diploma completed in 1995), I began working as a counsellor at Centre 33, the Young People’s Counselling Service in Cambridge where I worked for more than 15 years. During this time I also worked in GP Surgeries in Royston and Stevenage. In 2004, I set up in private practice working from my home address where I have a comfortable counselling room in an outhouse building.
From 2007-9, I undertook further training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and this is now my primary mode of working. This training combined with my Person Centred background means I offer the more structured approach of CBT whilst still regarding the client/therapist relationship as central to my work. I have also worked as a Cognitive Therapist for the NHS Intake & Treatment Team at Addenbrooks Hospital.
My work has been influenced over the years by an interest in mindfulness-based therapies now recognised within the NHS and recommended in NICE guidelines as an effective treatment for depression and anxiety disorders. I often incorporate mindfulness and acceptance practices into my work.
Keeping up to date with developments in therapy is an important part of my ongoing professional development. Over the last few years I have focused on using compassion in therapy for shame and self critical difficulties and methods for working with trauma.
I now also offer counselling supervision to experienced or trainee counsellors and have undertaken training in supervision with Cambridge Supervision Training.
I am an Accredited Member of BACP
(British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and registered with the UKRCP
(United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).