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My qualifications and experience....

Qualifications:

I have a number of qualifications in Psychotherapy and other therapies, including recognised trauma treatments, as follows:

  • MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
  • Registration with UKCP the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy the key professional registering body for Psychotherapists in the UK.
  • Professional and advanced training in Couples therapy and also Family therapy trained.
  • Post Graduate training in Clinical Supervision.
  • Professional training in 
  • EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - a training for qualified mental health professionals. This is a recognised trauma treatment recommended by the NHS "NICE" Guidelines.
  • CBT techniques and applications
  • Somatic trauma therapy training
  • I am currently training in Internal Family Systems a form of therapy that is growing in popularity and is highly regarded as a trauma intervention

Experience:

  • I have worked in private practice for almost 15 years, offering individual and couple therapy, counselling and supervision. My approach is relational and integrative.
  • For several years I worked in the NHS in a variety of different settings including primary care in GP's surgeries, secondary care in hospitals and in the community, and also in the field of disability and degenerative illness.
  • Prior to my work as a therapist in private practice I gained extensive experience in the organisational world, working in businesses and offer life coaching and development around work and career goals and transitions.
  •  I have worked in the voluntary sector, both in Young Persons Services and specialising in sexual abuse, and working with children, families and adults.
  • I also have a long standing connection with the field of Higher Education working with students at under graduate, post graduate and doctoral/post doc level.
  • I offer Counselling and Psychotherapy work for EAP's (Employee, Assisstance Programmes), healthcare insurance companies and private clinics.
  • My practice includes individual and Group supervision for Counsellors and Psychotherapists, including supervision of experienced psychotherapists and counsellors, work with Counselling Psychology students and supervision for charitable organisations.
  • I run anxiety management groups and have developed various psychoeducational programmes including stress management and improving relationships and communication.
  • I have worked extensively with both short term and open ended therapy contracts. I work to a relational and psychodynamic framework and include EMDR and other trauma therapy models as well as mindfulness practice and body work where appropriate. I continue to further my training and expand my range of therapeutic trauma interventions, currently with Internal Family Systems training.  
  • I have understanding and experience of working with significant mental health issues. I have significant experience of working with sexuality, including transgender issues and LBGT issues.
  • An area of special interest and experience for me is working with mothers - of children of all ages, and the struggles of parenting, from birth trauma to day-to-day difficulties, handling feelings and decision making.