I am a fully qualified Counsellor specialised in mental health issues. 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.
Within my professional practice I demonstrate sensitivity to individual differences when working with clients of diverse ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and cultural background, treating all people with unconditional positive regards and respect.
I work holistically with the individual, acknowledging the complexity of being human, as I believe that people are more than their diagnosis. I have the ability to work with clients with complex needs experiencing emotional and psychological unbalance. I use an Integrative approach, drawing from a variety of psychological interventions such as Gestalt Therapy, Person-Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, according to the specific needs of the client in any particular moment.
I believe people have all the necessary resources within themselves to fully recover and achieve their goals in life. My role is to facilitate self awareness and inner exploration.
Mindfulness is a key concept in my work with client. It is only by accepting ourselves fully for who we are that the changes we are longing for will occur naturally.
I have 20 years of working experience within the mental health sector. I worked for a large multi-disciplinary Community Mental Health Team within the NHS offering psycho-social intervention to individuals with a clinical diagnosis.
I worked for several Charities Organisations such as MIND, Carers Centres and the Drugs and Alcohols Services for London, where I provided one to one 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 people having issues with their employer.
I have also been a group facilitator for many years. At present I facilitate Divorce Support Groups for people who are dealing with the break-up of a relationship whether it is through divorce or separation. I am also a co-organizer of Life Through a Lens personal development group which combines Gestalt therapy with Photography.