Getting help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength

Michelle Obama

About Me

I am often asked what led me to become a psychotherapist.  In short, I have always been interested in people, their life stories and what makes them who they are. What makes me like I am?  Through my experiences as a young adult of feeling as though I were detached from the world, I initially went into weekly psychotherapy to try and understand myself better. In doing so, I quite simply felt like I had come home. Finding a place where I could speak my truth, accept vulnerability and validate the existence of unresolved feelings and experiences made sense to me, and has since become an ongoing passion in my work.  Having sat in the clients’ seat gives me a deep insight, not only of how sometimes challenging and difficult therapy can feel, but also of how supportive and transformative it can be.

I am committed to ‘normalising’ and de-stigmatising the need to seek help for our mental health.  Psychological well being is just as important, and interconnected with our physical well being, and I feel should be recognised as such.

I am a Psychotherapist in the final stages of training with Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC) and a member in training of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  Both of these are professional bodies with a Code of Ethics and Practice to which I adhere.   

Experience

I have been lucky to work with clients with a broad range of issues since 2013.  Part of my Private Practice has been based within a busy General Practitioner Surgery. This has given me first hand experience in liaising with Doctors to ensure the best level of support for my clients. I have also completed a years practical placement in a medium secure forensics psychiatric unit, giving me an additional professional insight into the care pathway for those at the more extreme end of mental distress or psychosis. Whilst I understand the value of keeping the therapy separate from other models of treatment, I am aware that at times the need to liaise with other professionals is what is necessary to provide the best level of care and support.

Qualifications

MA / Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy  (BCPC) 2013-present

Foundation Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC) 2012-2013

Foundation Course in Art Therapy (Insider Art) 2007-2008

BA Hons in Greek and Roman Studies (Exeter University) 1996-1999