Prior to becoming as a therapist, I trained to be a nurse and worked in both the NHS, charity sector and academia in the UK and parts of Africa.
Over recent years I have developed an understanding of the importance of mind/body connection and the impact this disconnect can have on mental and physical health. Learning to take moments to connect with our breath and the natural world around us can help to connect the mind and body. This might mean stillness, moving or through writing whatever feels right for each person. My curiosity in this area led to me gaining a Certificate in Embodied practice.
I’ve practised in a variety of settings including, Further Education Colleges, and The Listening Centre based in Blackbird Leys, Oxford. Also as a Counsellor with The NHS Talking Space Plus Services based in GP practices. I worked for many years for Victims First. This is therapy for victims of crime whether historic or recent with a focus on trauma. Here is the link: https://www.victims-first.org.uk/what-we-do/what-is-victims-first
Alongside my practice, I have a particular interest in dyslexia and the impact this has on the emotional well-being of adults who are dyslexic. I also have a particular interest in women’s experience of peri menopause and menopause. I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and psychotherapist).
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Post Grad Dip in Psychodynamic Therapy
- Certificate in Embodied practice.Mindfulness, Oxford Mindfulness Centre
- Registered Nurse
- MSc in Advanced Health Care Practice
Study days include:
- Fundamentals of Dyslexia Awareness: Therapeutic mentoring in addressing the emotional repercussions of dyslexia
- Working with Trauma the do’s and don’ts
- Resourcing for trauma work : The body Keeps Score
- Working with people who self harm
- Safeguarding vulnerable people and children
- Working with diversity and cultural issues
- Data protection
- Counselling outdoors