Because of my different trainings and extensive experience I offer both short term and long term therapy.
I have 20 years clinical experience gained in a variety of settings - including relationship, student and workplace counselling as well as private practice. This has given me in-depth experience of working with a broad range of issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, self belief, confidence, addiction and self harm. I have also worked with many clients of differing ages, genders, ethnicities, sexualities, abilities/disabilities, nationalities and socio-cultural backgrounds.
My training began with an evening course in Counselling and Communication Skills I attended when my children were young, thinking this would benefit the pastoral element of my role when I returned to teaching. However, I was so impressed by the potential I saw in counselling that I wanted to find out more. I applied for training with Relate and worked as a volunteer whilst training. Once I had qualified and become a Relate Counsellor and Trainer I knew this was the direction for me and embarked on advanced training.
I chose Transactional Analysis because I found it inspirational. I was excited about how it helped me make sense of the world and human interactions. Talking to others I realised how accessible it was - providing a language and ideas so aptly describing all kinds of common human behaviours and strategies, easily understandable to all. It also complemented the theoretical models I had already studied - filling the gaps in my own understanding of human behaviour. But what struck me most was how this approach went beyond understanding and focused on change; increasing our understanding doesn’t automatically mean change just happens - we need to use our new self knowledge and awareness to decide things are going to be different and make things change. And we need to overcome the obstacles that so often prevent us changing, no matter how badly we want to.
After 4 years of advanced training in TA, I became a Certified Transactional Analyst and achieved an MSc in Psychotherapy. Since then I have maintained an interest in TA and combined it with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and other approaches. I have also extended my skill set with trainings in Supervision, Mediation and Brief Solution Focused Therapy.
MSc Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy
Berne Institute/Middlesex University 2007
Certified Transactional Analyst
Berne Institute 2007
BA Combined (Hons) Degree History & History of Art
University of London 1980
1995 - 2018 Certificate trainings in:
2017 - 2018 Associate Counsellor University of Manchester and private practice
2016 - 2017 Senior Counsellor and Supervisor University of Leicester
2007 - 2016 Staff Counsellor University of Leicester and private practice
2006 - 2009 Student & Staff Counsellor Loughborough College
1995 - 2004 Relate Counsellor & Trainer Northamptonshire
professional membership & activities
BACP Accredited Member since 2006. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. I practice according to it’s ethical framework
I meet regularly with my supervisor to discuss how I am working to ensure I am practising ethically and to the best of my ability.
I also have professional indemnity insurance.