My motivation for becoming a therapist originated in my personal experience of being in therapy. Over 30 years ago I was dealing with my own inner demons, as an angry teenager who didn’t know how to deal with my feelings, I had a brief episode of destructive behaviours, such as substance misuse and I committed educational suicide by leaving school without any qualifications. However, I found therapy gave me the ability to own my feelings as well as the knowledge that my feelings were normal and not something to be ashamed of and hide. I was emotionally nourished by my relationship with my therapist and that inspired me in later life to train as a therapist.
I returned to education as a mature student and graduated with a BSc in Psychology from the London Metropolitan University. I continued with my development as a therapist and completed an MSc in Counselling and Psyhcotherapy with Roehampton University.
In addition to my private practice I currently work with a local authority working with women fleeing domestic violence and before that I worked with homeless mental health patients. In that past, I have worked as an adult psychotherapist within a large South London NHS Mental Health Trust, provided therapy to individuals struggling with addiction in a substance misuse service and for a number of years I have worked for a well known mental health charity called Mind.
I am a member (No 719510) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and registered on their accredited voluntary register 052250. I am also a member (218640) of the the British Psychological Society and UPCA, which is the institutional member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
Ethically I am bound by the code of ethics and conducts published by the ethics commitee of the British Psychological Society.
"As a member of BACP I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, the Ethical Guidelines for Researching Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force".