Training, qualifications and experience

Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, C.Psychol & B.A. (Hons) (Oxon) in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology.

My journey training as a Counselling Psychologist began in my early forties after a previous career as an Accounts Technician. At that time, I was volunteering for the Samaritans in Horsham answering the telephone to people in distress. The experience had a profound effect on me. It struck me just how many people with mental health problems felt isolated and desperate and the healing that could be achieved by feeling heard and acknowledged. Concurrently, I studied with the Open University for a Foundation Degree in Social Sciences, which I passed with Honours. I found the psychology module fascinating and decided this was my way forward to a career that I would find personally meaningful and a chance to help to make a difference in others’ lives.

Between 2003-2006, I studied Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology at Oxford University, which I passed with honours.  During this time, I volunteered as student counsellor for my college.   Between 2006 and 2007 I gained my first qualification in Counselling Psychology at City University (London) (Certificate in Counselling Psychology). Immediately I registered at Regent’s University (London) where I completed the professional doctorate in Counselling Psychology (British Psychological Society).  I have also undertaken courses in Mindfulness, The IAPTs Supervisor Training for mood and anxiety disorders, depression and OCD in adolescents, as well as a certified training in Safeguarding. In addition I have completed BPS courses in supervision skills.

Alongside my studies, and beyond, I have continuously worked in clinical practice. This has involved specialist organizations, such as The Aurora Health Foundation (survivors of childhood abuse) and more general clinical work as a counsellor in the Occupational Health Department at Kingston Hospital and Richmond Borough Mind.  I continue to volunteer at Richmond Mind alongside my private practice.

I am registered and approved by the British Psychological Society as a Chartered Counselling Psychologist, and with the HCPC.

The BPS sets standards of ethical practice to which I work, based on principles of integrity, respect, trust, autonomy, avoidance of harm and promotion of client’s wellbeing.  Guidelines of good practice include provision of confidentiality, monitoring fitness to practice and accountability.  Further there is a requirement for ongoing supervision, professional indemnity insurance and continuing professional development (CPD).