I chose to train as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor over the period of 4 years. My training focused on integrating Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Intercultural approaches and introduced me to shorter term solution focused therapies such as CBT and Motivational interviewing.
I completed my required clinical hours working for St Peter and St James’ hospice, Cruse and West Kent Mind, later working as an associate counsellor for Mind before moving into private practice
.For me, more important than the modality of counselling used is the therapeutic relationship we will endeavour to build together. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which means that not only do I adhere to their code of ethics but you can be assured that I have received quality training and continue to develop my practice through CPD and supervision.
I have been a counselling client and have spent time working through my past and reflecting on the impact it has had on my present. I have a wealth of life experience which I believe helps me to be empathic of others in a way that can't be learnt from a book or a lecturer but I have also had wonderful tutors and supervisors to mentor me along the way. I have a particular interest in helping survivors of abuse and trauma and believe that the past can't be properly filed away until it has been examined. However overwhelmed you feel right now together we can find a way through.
Because I have studied a variety of approaches to counselling and psychotherapy, I believe that collaboratively we will find a way of working that suits you and your needs. Perhaps the past seems too painful to look at and you would like to work in the "here and now" or perhaps someone bearing witness to your past and walking alongside you whilst you unravel what that has meant to your present is just what you need. Whatever you decide I hope to provide a non-judgemental, empathic and compassionate space for you to explore your feelings, working at your pace I appreciate how difficult it can be to take that first step and see a counsellor but I also know how empowering it can feel coming out the other side with a new sense of identity.
I have worked with a diverse range of clients from all walks of life and have worked for Mind, St Peter and St James' hospice and for Cruse. I worked as an associate counsellor for West Kent Mind after qualifying and have had private practices in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. I have worked with adult clients who have experienced amongst other things, loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, addiction, abuse ,relationship issues and bereavement. I currently work solely from my Tunbridge Wells office.
I believe that we all possess an inherent ability to heal ourselves given the right opportunities and tools. We know what is good for us and what isn't working for us. We all have the ability to tap into our creativity and to be truly authentic given the right environment. for growth. We can find an inner strength and dare to be ourselves if we can let go of other people's expectations and desires for us. Somewhere along the line life can slowly mould us into somebody that doesn't feel quite right. Perhaps we forgot our own needs along the way or perhaps no-one ever allowed us to just be who we are. I believe we all have unique capabilities and inner strength that we can tap into, making us resilient and secure in our decisions. Together we can uncover all that suffocated potential, empowering you to do what it is you need to do and to be yourself and achieve your goals.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapirsts) and adhere to their code of ethics..