My initial training was in mental health nursing and I am a trained and qualified senior mental health nurse. However, I discovered that the medical and psychiatric models have their limitations in understanding the individual meanings that we as humans give to our world.
Training in counselling
Hence, I obtained a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma and an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Surrey University in Guildford. This was a very in-depth training that took into account humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive approaches. It also considered philosophical schools of thought, such as existentialism, to help to understand the richness and uniqueness of the human mind. Following the above, I obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychotherapeutic Studies at the Portman and Tavistock Clinic in London. I am also fully qualified in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
My training also required my own personal therapy, which has been an essential part of understanding the liberation and sometimes uncomfortable feelings that can be felt when one is in the client’s chair.
Since 2004, I have been working in my own private practice, providing counselling and psychotherapy for private clients as well as for Employee Assistance Programmes. I have had considerable experience working in short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy covering a wide range of issues. I also work for the Isle of Wight NHS Healthcare and have worked in HMP Isle of Wight Prisons.
Counselling Supervision and Continual Professional Development (CPD)
I partake in ongoing training and research in order to keep up with the latest developments in the field of therapy. I also have regular clinical supervision with a professional supervisor who also adheres to codes of ethics in relation to client confidentiality. Supervision helps to support me in maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct and clinical expertise.