I trained at the Karuna Institute and I am registered as a Core Process Psychotherapist and accredited with UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists). I hold an MA in Mindfulness-based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University.
I have always been curious about, as well as affected by, the nature of suffering; how experiences, both positive and negative, shape the person we become and, most importantly, when we are suffering or struggling, what we can do about it.
This has encouraged my interest in both western psycho-dynamics and eastern psychology. I hold a special interest in how our experiences as babies and children affect personality formation and behaviour patterns of defence or survival and how these can be worked with to help us develop a greater sense of freedom, well-being or happiness.
I have experience of working with and supporting individuals, couples, families and children over the last twenty years. My psychotherapeutic practice adds to and builds on this experience. Over the last few years I worked with the Post Natal Depression Service offering one to one therapy for individuals and I also hold a private psychotherapy practice.
I have an ongoing commitment to engaging with up-to-date training and research. This includes an interest in how neuroscience helps our understanding of well-being; the benefits of mindfulness in supporting well-being and good health; and early years development and attachment and implications for adult life. I have extensive experience working with individuals with trauma and abuse histories and supporting individuals in crisis.
To support my own well-being, I undertake my own mindfulness meditation practice. I value practicing kindness, compassion and acceptance in relationship and enjoy seeing how these can help and support individuals, families and communities.