It’s so important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable developing a relationship. But it’s also crucial that they have the background and qualifications enabling them to offer you the very best support. So here’s my (very brief) story:
I wasn’t always a counsellor. I pursued a different career and tried different things. But even when I wasn’t working as a professional therapist, I was volunteering and helping vulnerable people suffering from a range of physical and mental health issues.
Over time I realised how much more rewarding I found this voluntary work than my career. So I made the decision to tread a new path. Since 2018 I have been counselling clients within an NHS funded service in Wandsworth. I trained as an integrative counsellor at The Minster Centre in London. I am a registered member of the BACP and comply with their ethical framework.
My job is, of course, to help you. But my training means I use a number of theoretical approaches. Please don’t feel you need to understand these because it’s my responsibility to translate them into aiding our work together.
Person-centred - focusing on you, my client, as the centre of your own growth.
Psychodynamic - how our early life experiences influence our relationships.
Body in psychotherapy - focusing on our bodies as the physical basis of emotion, experience, growth and change. This includes learnings from neuroscience and attachment studies.
Existential - a philosophical approach focusing on the human condition as a whole.
Transpersonal - our experience beyond the material world, including the impact of the social and political environment on our relationships.
I have undertaken additional training in bereavement, online therapy, boarding school syndrome, working with shame and group work facilitation.
I practice yoga and have a committed meditation practice, both of which complement and support my therapeutic work with clients.
Please let me know if you’d like more detail about my training or approach.