I completed a Master’s Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling with Children and Adolescents at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2009 where I was awarded Distinction.
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have completed the first level of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
I have a Graduate Certificate in Group Analysis, also Distinction.
I have completed a National Centre for Eating Disorder Practitioner Skills course.
Working in Schools:
Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2009, I started off working in Primary and Secondary schools throughout West Sussex as a School Counsellor. I have set up Counselling services in several schools. I am also involved in Wellbeing programme policy making and delivery. I deliver trainings on therapeutic support of children and young people,.
I offer supervision to school staff which is aimed at helping them work with the more challenging and vulnerable students safely and therapeutically.
Working with adults:
More recently I developed my work with adults through a large Employee Assistance Programme in which I am an Affliliate Counsellor, and in my private practice. This has involved supporting clients with both work related and personal issues using a short term solution focussed model.
I am DBS checked, fully insured, registered with the Information Commissioners Office and adhere to General Data Protection Regulations.
Areas of interest
A growing area of interest for me is the neuroscience of attachment, how our early experiences of love and care form our thinking and feeling patterns throughout our life. I have found this study area very useful, and have deepened my knowledge on the effect of trauma on capacity to build relationships and learn.
Disordered eating is another area of interest for me. In order to recover from an eating disorder, or to avoid one in its early stages, sufferers need support for both their nutritional intake and their emotional resilience. For many of us, food is not just nourishment. We use it for many other reasons, and we can become healthier mentally and physically by understanding how we relate to food and how it relates to us.
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