Because of my different trainings and extensive experience I offer both short term and long term therapy. 

 

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE

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. 

TRAINING

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. 

 

Qualifications

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:

Couple Counselling 

CBT

Supervision

Mindfulness

Brief Therapy

Workplace Mediation

Work experience

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.

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I also have professional indemnity insurance.