About myself and my orientations

I have many years experience in counselling and psychotherapy, having started counselling in 1994.

I graduated from the Spectrum Pschotherapy training in 2001.  Spectrum is one of the oldest and largest humanistic therapy centres in the world.  I also hold a Certificate in the Therapeutic and Educational Application of the Arts from The Institute for the Arts in Therapy and Education, London. 

My main theoretical influences are Humanistic therapy, particularly Gestalt Psychotherapy; Ecopsychology and The Transpersonal.  However I also integrate other strands into my work when this is helpful.  These include NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and CBT (Cognitive Behavourable Therapy).

I am especially interested in how we can become fully mature and fulfilled, not just within our human culture, but within the wider world (the focus of ecopsychotherapy).

I am experienced in the corporate world, having worked for many years in blue-chip companies - such as Unilever, Glaxo Smith Kline and L’Oreal Golden - in brand management and planning.   I have been a Consultant in Consumer Insight for quango and ex-civil-service organisations, eg English Tourism Council and The Post Office; and for small private companies.  I am therefore familiar with a range of work cultures.  I have experience of coaching people within my team, as well as people who have come to me in my private practice with work-related issues.

 

 

 

I try to live my life in a spiritual way.  For instance, to connect everyday with the wonder of this world, to make ethical choices and to be comfortable with the unknown.  

I  have led workshops on releasing the creative spirit into writing, and on creativity and healing.  I was a founding member of Groundtruth Playback Theatre Company, which re-enacts audience member's stories to create community and acceptance.  I have over 20 years experience of dancing Gabrielle Roth's Five Rhythms dance, a means of self-knowledge through movement. 

Being a mother has given me hands-on experience of how we nurture children and introduce them to the culture we live in; how they thrive, learn and individuate; how to manage different temperaments and deal with changing sibling relationships. 

  
I also have experience working with young homeless people, refugees, disabled people, children and elderly people.       
   
 
I am on the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.  The register is assessed and accredited under a scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament, the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority).  Accreditation means that the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists meets the Authority's high standards in governance, standard-setting, education and training, management, complaints and information