Who I am  

I am a highly qualified, experienced and compassionate counsellor who has worked therapeutically with clients from age 5 to 79, from all around the world. I combine a robust theoretical training with warmth, kindness and insight. 

My Qualifications

I have an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling for which I gained a merit.  I was awarded the MSc after four years of academically rigorous and experiential study, as well as hands on experience working face to face with clients while having my work examined and critiqued by peers and tutors.

I have a British Psychological Society approved Advanced Diploma in Eating Disorders & Obesity from the National Centre for Eating Disorders, and I am part of a national network which shares expert opinion and research in this area. 

I also have a Certificate in Counselling for Addicted Gamblers from the University of Salford and I have worked with this client group and their families for over five years.

I have a Certificate in Using Video Conferencing to Conduct Online Therapy from the Online Therapy Institute which ensures that I practice ethically and competently while working via Skype. This is in addition to a Certificate in Online Counselling Skills which also equips me to work therapeutically via email and live web chat.

I'm qualified to supervise the work of other counsellors and psychotherapists too, since I have a Diploma in Integrative Supervision from the Minster Centre.  

I am committed to continuing professional development to keep my skills and knowledge sharp and up to date. You can see the various courses I've completed in recent years in the scrolling panel to the right. 

Professional Body

The role of a professional body is to set standards of practice and provide accountability. So membership indicates that I have had to prove a certain level of experience and competence, and it gives you as the client somewhere to go if you were to feel that I was working in a way that was not ethical.

I am a registered, senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework.

The register to which I belong is vetted and approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and has been accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament. 

In order to become a Senior Accredited member I had to give extensive evidence that I have reached a certain level of competence and experience through having completed hundreds of hours of practice and continuing professional development, have this verified by other professionals, and prove that I have a clear understanding in theory and practice of the ethical and professional standards held by the BACP. 


Continuing Professional Development Activities 

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Problem Gambling in the UK Prison Population

September 2013



Assessments & Clinical Note Taking

September 2013



Writing for Wellbeing

Orchard Foundation - May 2013



Data Protection

October 2012



Child Protection

October 2012



Domestic Violence

July 2012



Systemic Family Therapy

July 2012



Certificate in Using Video Conferencing to Conduct Online Therapy

Online Therapy Institute - June 2012



Using Clay in Therapy

PTUK - March 2012



Sand Tray Therapy

PTUK - March 2012



Child Development

PTUK - March 2012



Therapeutic Storytelling

PTUK - January 2012



Dance & Movement Therapy

PTUK - January 2012



Attachment

PTUK - January 2012



Neuroscience

PTUK - January 2012



Art Therapy

PTUK - December 2011



Guided Visualisation

PTUK - December 2011



Using Creative Art in Therapy





Equality & Diversity Essentials

Greenwich University - June 2011



Attachment Neuroscience

Centre for Child Mental Health - July 2010



An Introduction to Online Therapy

Greenwich University - October 2009



Certificate in Gambling, Problem Gambling & Counselling

Salford University and GamCare - September 2009



Working with the Shadow Self

Kids Company - June 2009



Loss & Bereavement

Kids Company - June 2009



Working with Anger

Kids Company - June 2009



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Integration

Greenwich University - May 2009



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Mindfulness

Greenwich Univeristy - February 2009



Bereavement

Greenwich University - June 2008



Love & Loss: Grief

Greenwich University - February 2008