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) which is one of the largest professional body’s representing psychotherapy and counselling in the UK.