I am a qualified Counsellor specialised in mental health issues and trauma. Following the completion of a BSc (hons) Degree in Psychology, I obtained a BACP recognised Diploma in Counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I fully adhere to their code of ethics. I belong to the accredited register recognised by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care and I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.
I have 20 years of working experience within the mental health sector. I worked for a large multidisciplinary NHS Community Mental Health Team offering psychosocial intervention to individuals with a clinical diagnosis and complex needs.
Consequently, I worked for several Charities Organisations such as MIND, Carers Centres and the Drugs and Alcohols Services for London, where I provided 1:1 counselling to individuals struggling with mental health issues, dependency problems and who have undergone traumatic life events. I also have extensive experience in counselling carers, young people and university students within an educational establishment as well as many organisation who offers EAP to their employees.
I work holistically with the individual, acknowledging the complexity of being human, as I believe that everyone can heal and thrive in any area of life they wish to focus upon.
Within my Integrative counselling style I use a variety of psychological interventions drawn from Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, according to the specific needs of each client in any particular moment. My approach is collaborative and relational.
Seeking help can be a daunting experience for many and it is important that you recognise how brave you are for wanting to take this first step.
Please take care in acknowledging what feels manageable right now and what doesn't. It may be useful to remind yourself that you are doing the best you can right now.
It is ok not to feel ok, yet! Feeling unwell and unhappy does not have to be a life sentence!