Who am I?
I know that therapy can help us towards being happier, more fulfilled and much more compassionate to ourselves and others. A good relationship with a trained and experienced therapist can provide a space in which we can heal and learn about ourselves and develop in our understanding of both ourselves and others.
I completed a four year training at the Edinburgh Gestalt Institute. The Diploma training in Gestalt Therapy at EGI was a long-standing and well respected Masters-level training regulated by GPTI and UKCP. Based on learning about awareness and the use of self in relationship for the growth of the client, the training was rigorous and taught by extensive practical and creative exploration geared towards building an understanding of what really works in therapy.
I continue to attend regular training since the completion of my diploma course including most recently trainings in Trauma-Informed Mindfulness, Wild Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Group Counselling skills. I have a particular commitment to and significant experience of working with gender, sexual and relationship diverse clients. In addition to my private practice I have managed the counselling service at LGBT Health and Wellbeing since June 2016.
Prior to working as a therapist, I was a journalist for 15 years. I've also worked as an academic and spent some years after my undergraduate degree completing a Masters and then further postgraduate study.
Most therapists, no matter what approach they have trained in, work in their own way. My priority is always to find a way of being in a relationship with my clients that allows me to be present and authentic, open to feeling and understanding how it is for them to be with me and to be more generally. This approach allows me to support you to do the work you really want to do. I chose Gestalt therapy because it has a focus on the here and now and it places a real emphasis on the importance of the relationship that exists between client and therapist.
What we will explore together is what is real and significant in your life at this moment:
Through compassion and respect, authenticity and creativity, I know that therapy can give us opportunities to feel understood and accepted, to make different choices and change our lives. I am committed to reflective, ethical practice and to my own personal and professional development. I am accredited by UKCP and signed up to their Ethical Code. I am in regular and ongoing clinical supervision for my work.