In my previous career I qualified as an engineer and worked as a manager and then director in some large software companies and later in a management consultancy firm. My interest in counselling as a career arose from an unexpected need to change life-style due to illness over fifteen years ago, which led me to reflect on my own philosophy regarding life, well-being and happiness, and then on to my development of an interest in counselling and psychotherapy. I initially qualified with a two year Diploma in Counselling, followed by a BA degree in Humanistic Counselling, which included a research dissertation into ‘the experience of having been parented’. I also have a Diploma in Counselling Supervision, and very much enjoy offering Personal Therapy to Therapists-in-training at Diploma, Degree and Masters levels.
I work exclusively in my own private practice with individuals, families and couples; but also provide clinical supervision to other therapists.
I have worked as a therapist for staff within the NHS and for NHS patients via the Improved Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme.
Respect for the uniqueness of our individual experiences of life is central to my approach. My own experiences and upbringing leave me sincerely wishing to understand my clients challenges and I am often left nurtured by this experience. The time I spend with my clients is important to me and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
My client’s creativity is an important part of our work together, helping us explore experience through the use of metaphors, symbols and imagination. In addition, where appropriate I am able to introduce mindfulness practices to help with awareness of how we embody our experiences, a very useful paradigm for reflecting on our senses and thoughts.
My first degree was in Electronic Engineering at the University of Leeds, and here are some of the corporations I have worked with, my second degree in Humanistic Counselling is from the University of Chichester, accredited by the BACP, and leading to my work with NHS staff and patients. I have a postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Supervision. I am accredited with the UKAHPP and Registered with UKCP and the PSA.