I have been a counsellor and psychotherapist, working with couples and individuals, for nearly 30 years. Like everyone, I have experienced life’s ups and downs and, whilst I have spent many years working and studying in this field, much of my empathy and thinking is sharpened by reflections on personal experiences. And like all good therapists, I too have had many years of my own psychotherapy to help me to understand ‘me’ better and thereby know where ‘I’ end and ‘you’ begin.
I began my career in the 1980s, first in a city drop-in crisis centre then in an organisation helping parents through difficulties with their small children. I trained and qualified as a couple counsellor with Relate in South London in the 1990s and I have worked as a counsellor within Relate ever since. I extended my training and study into Individual Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in a five-year course at Canterbury University. After my training I worked in an NHS Psychotherapy Department for five years, seeing individuals with a variety of emotional and psychological difficulties.
I have in recent years studied at the Tavistock Clinic for Couple Relationships (TCCR) in London, which is internationally renowned as a centre of excellence and pioneering research for couple therapy. It was here that I completed my MA in ‘Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship’ with my thesis researching into the effect of the sibling relationship on that of the couple. I have had a small private practice since 2000 and I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Link to the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships
Link to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Link to Relate
|1990-2002||Certificate in Marital and Couple Counselling: Theory and Practice||Relate|
|1994-1995||Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Studies||University of Kent Canterbury|
|1996-2001||Post Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Studies||University of Kent Canterbury|
|1999||Infant Observation course||University of Kent Canterbury|
|2002-2004||Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Therapy, Psychodynamic and Systemic Theories||Relate and|
University of East
|2005-2007||Institute of Group Analysis: Introduction Years||London and South West|
|2007||Post Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Study of the Couple Relationship||TCCR London|
|2010||Post Graduate Diploma in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship||TCCR London.|
|2011||MA in Attachment, Psychoanalysis and the Couple Relationship||TCCR London|