I am a fully trained and experienced, individual and relationship therapist with over 14 years of experience.
I grew up in an environment where marriage appeared to be very hard work, causing both parties to feel mentally exhausted and unfulfilled. I watched my grandparents generation stay in marriages for better or for worse (most tended to be for the worse). Many stayed in unhappy relationships where they faced physical and mental domestic abuse, infidelity, lack of intimacy and poor communication. Their unhappiness affected the way in which they felt about themselves, how they communicated with their families and developed the life long beliefs which they (often unconsciously) passed down to their children.
Due to the conscious and unconscious lessons learned during their upbringing, my parents generation seemed to have lost their faith in the union of marriage. This generation presented a lot of absent fathers, lack of commitment, single parent families and again remaining in a relationship that they were not happy in (due to the fear of becoming a single parent).
Years of witnessing these relationships motivated me to search for the reasons why people chose to stay in unhappy relationships, if it was possible to have a long sustainable happy relationship and exactly what defined a 'happy' relationship. I wanted to help people to find happiness, within themselves and with their partners and family members.
I began training as a relationship therapist when working as a corporate trainer. I enjoyed witnessing the moment when someone would realise that they have gained the tools to help themselves. They would start to make changes, gain self confidence, self reflect and plan for the future. Therapy has allowed me the chance to help develop these moments of empowerment for my clients in many aspects of their lives. Helping someone to help themselves is very rewarding and in turn you see all of the relationships around them strengthen.
I began counselling couples and individuals with Relate in 2009. During this time I have also enjoyed my role as a mental health therapist with NHS IAPT and primary school children with Place 2 Be.
I currently work with individual adults and couples (at all stages of a relationship). I create a safe and confidential space for my clients which is non judgemental, empathetic and professional. I have an integrative approach to therapy, which means that I work with clients in the way which is most suited to them, by drawing on a number of different therapeutic models.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics.
My private practice is based in Bromley SE London (BR1). I also work as part of a team of relationship specialists within the London Couples Clinic (also based in Bromley). I am a Visiting Lecturer at the Goldsmiths University of London and have often worked as a Guest Therapist, Production Therapist and Participant Assessor on various television productions.
I hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and Private Indemnity Insurance.
Neuro Linguistic Programming
The Brain People - ITA
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
School of Natural Health Sciences
City & Guild Advice & Guidance
Introduction to Couples Counselling
Relate Hull University
University Advanced Diploma