My therapy training at IATE (Institute for Arts & Therapy in Education) covered four years and my M.A in Integrative Psychotherapy is accredited by the University of East London (UEL).
A requirement of my training was to be in therapy during this time but I also believe it is essential that any therapist undergo the therapeutic journey themselves in order to be able to practice well. I have spent years in my own personal therapy which has brought its own rewards and the insight gained has changed my life.
I continue to develop and learn by attending certified ‘continuing professional development’ (CPD) workshops and lectures and also attend regular supervision. I have degrees in psychology at both bachelors and masters level from Goldsmiths and Birkbeck Colleges respectively. Both colleges are part of the University of London. I also have a lifelong passion and interest in psychology and sincerely believe the foundation for a better life comes from understanding ourselves more fully.
In addition to my private practice I also work at ELOP (East London Out Project) a charity offering counselling and psychotherapy for members of the LGBTQIA+ community .
Prior to working at ELOP, I worked as an integrative psychotherapist in the NHS with a broad range of clients, both individually and in groups.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist I worked in the deaf community as a sign language interpreter and have worked for several years with special needs children and adults. Before this I worked for nearly twenty years in the financial sector in the city of London and canary wharf and like many of my clients, I have experienced working in stressful and demanding work environments. I am registered with the HCPC (Health and Care Professionals Council) and currently working towards accreditation with the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). Both are leading professional bodies in accrediting psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. I am also a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which is the largest professional body representing psychotherapy and counselling in the UK.