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 drawn to people, their life stories and what makes them who they are. I have wondered the same of myself. Through my own previous experiences of feeling as though I were detached from the world, I initially went into weekly psychotherapy to try and understand myself better. I found it to be profoundly effective in building self-confidence, finding personal direction and enriching my experiences of relationships. 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 feel that our psychological and emotional well being is just as important as our physical health, and should be recognised as such. Whilst we might automatically seek help when we have pain in our bodies, it is not usually the case when we hurt internally. I am committed to ‘normalising’ and destigmatising the need for professional help or support for our mental health, and hope to find ways in which to make it more widely accessible.

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