About Myself

The relationship that you form with your therapist is fundamental to psychotherapy that is experienced as supportive, empowering and successful. I offer a warm, understanding, compassionate and down to earth approach that is non-judgemental and is respectful of each individual, their circumstances, and their differences. I feel that my approach helps enable people to feel comfortable and safe enough to  explore the issues, feelings and experiences that they are struggling with, however painful or difficult.

I am an experienced UKCP reg. Psychotherapist. I qualified in 2006 after completing a four-and-a-half-year training in Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute, Devon. I have worked psychotherapeutically with individuals and groups within both voluntary and statutory sector services and currently teach on the Masters programme in Mindfulness-Based Core Process Psychotherapy at the Karuna Institute.

Further information about my professional and life history

As a young adult I studied and obtained a degree in Sociology and History. Shortly after this I became a mother and spent some years raising my son.

Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I was engaged in community-based work in supportive and therapeutic roles with adults and young people with mental health issues and disabilities, and families with young children.

From 2008 to 2010 I worked within  a lottery funded project aimed at improving psychological and emotional well-being in a socially deprived area. As part of this I ran therapeutic art groups for women with post-natal depression within children’s centres.

Following this I have been the lead counsellor of a University Arts College counselling service since 2010, working primarily with young adults.

Personally, as well as professionally I have experienced some of the profound potential for healing and change that can result from psychotherapy and it is this that led me into training as a psychotherapist. It is my experience that we all have the capacity to transform aspects of ourselves and our lives that are painful and no longer serve us, create a greater sense of meaning within our lives and connect with more of our inherent well-being, happiness and creativity.

I am an accredited member of  UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapists).

I work within the Karuna Institute and UKCP’s  ethical framework.