For me, therapy and counselling are an opportunity to move on from feeling stuck with old and uncomfortable habits, and to find a way to grow into yourself. They are often really effective for those who are experiencing anxiety, lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem. People often say that just being able to talk openly about things is very helpful.
My own experience of psychotherapy gave me a real sense of shifting blocks in my life and becoming more at ease with myself.
I have been practicing as a therapist for the last 10 years in Cambridge. This builds on a career in mental health services, starting at Fulbourn, working with MIND, in local authorities and nationally and internationally.
I completed an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at Metanoia in 2014. My first degree was in Psychology and Sociology and I have an MSc in Social Work and Social Policy from LSE. I have Certificates in Supervision and Coaching. I have also completed courses in working with complex trauma, and Sandtray therapy. Over my career I have studied assertiveness, stress management, relaxation, team building, and management.
I have many years’ experience of working with people in a range of different contexts. I ran a counselling service in the early 80’s, have been a social worker and I have supervised social workers and staff in different mental health organisations. I have worked directly with people with a wide range of mental health problems in the community and in residential settings.
In my previous role as Chief Executive of a small organisation working in the UK and internationally I managed a team, the budget, externally funded projects and made sure the work plan was implemented effectively. I also worked with people setting up and running their own social enterprises, ran a networking organisation and facilitated action learning sets. I have worked in small and medium organisations and now run my own business and practice as part of a group of therapists in Cambridge.
I am accredited as a therapist with the UKCP and abide by it's code of ethics and complaints procedures.
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else."