I began counselling as a volunteer with Victim Support in the early 1990’s. I studied degrees in Psychology and Social Psychology, preferring to understand human behaviour holistically in terms of the social, family and cultural context in which we live, rather than a purely medical model (although this has an important place). I have also had a long term interest in Buddhist teachings and have felt drawn to exploring the spiritual dimensions of life. I discovered a course that brought these interests together and I studied Buddhist Psychology through the Amida Trust and qualified as a counsellor in 2012. This counselling is broadly “humanistic” in orientation. You don’t need to be Buddhist or spiritual to come to me for counselling.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy). I abide by their ethical framework.
During 6 years in private practice, I have worked with people with a range of issues. You never stop learning as a counsellor and I undertake regular professional development. I have studied short courses in other models of counselling; Narrative Therapy, Process Orientated Psychology and ACT (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy). These all provide useful guides to therapy, but I feel it most important that I come to each session with an open mind and heart rather than a rigid set of techniques.