I first discovered therapy when I came to a crossroads in my own life in 1998. I was working as a journalist at the time but was feeling stuck and unable to go forward in several different areas of my life. I began to see a psychotherapist without really understanding how it all worked. It proved so helpful to me that I have felt passionate about it ever since.
I trained for five years at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, CCPE, in Little Venice, London. There I gained a Foundation qualification before completing the four-year Diploma in Transpersonal Counselling and Psychotherapy in December 2004.
It can be very confusing trying to understand the different types of counselling and psychotherapy on offer. In fact, research has suggested that the quality of the relationship between therapist and client can be more important than the approach used. So it is important to find somebody you feel comfortable with.
During my training I studied a number of different models of psychotherapy and can suit my way of working to you. While some people value the opportunity to talk openly, others may find it helpful to explore dreams and images, or to express themselves creatively. In all my work I aim to offer an unconditional acceptance and a warm, positive and sensitive approach to whatever my clients bring.
The Transpersonal approach, in simple terms, offers a positive, creative and life-enriching attitude to the difficulties people face. One of the questions it asks is what qualities life is asking us to develop as we try to overcome certain problems or difficulties. This can help us to discover more about ourselves, and can give us a new perspective from which we can learn to value our lives and our relationships with others.
My experience includes working with stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bereavement, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, addiction, loss of direction and ante/post natal issues, to name but a few.
I am also a lead member of the Counsellors’ Collective South West, an organisation seeking to improve access to high-quality therapy for people across the region.