My Background and Experience
It took me a while to find my vocation. After graduating from art college my working life included stints as a pavement artist, schoolteacher, yoga teacher and web developer, followed by a 17-year career in international marketing and management. I spent much of this time living and working abroad, in a variety of countries and continents. It was a fascination with inter-cultural communication and psychology that eventually led me to the field of talking therapies in 2009.
Since then I have worked as a psychotherapist and counsellor in the private and charitable sectors, and in the NHS. I co-founded and managed a network of counsellors across London and Reading, established a successful private clinic in Harley Street (London), and ran an online video practice for international clients. In 2017 I moved to the Welsh borders and set up a private practice in Hay-on-Wye, Herefordshire. I continue to provide online counselling by secure video link, for those who are unable to reach my office in person.
My Qualifications And Training
I am a fully accredited Psychotherapist and Counsellor. My professional body is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am regularly supervised, comprehensively insured, and have an enhanced DBS-check for working with young people and vulnerable adults.
At the heart of my professional qualifications is a Masters-level Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy. This rigorous 4-year course encompassed a wide range of therapeutic approaches, so I can work flexibly according to each person’s needs. (You can find more information about some of the approaches I draw on here.)
I have undertaken extensive further training in trauma-treatment, mindfulness, and mind-body interconnectivity. I’ve conducted real-world research into how courage influences therapeutic change. And I am a qualified practitioner in the “Rewind technique”, a highly effective treatment for PTSD symptoms such as flashbacks and nightmares.
My work as a psychotherapist is informed not only by my professional training, but also by over 25 years of meditation and mindfulness practice, and a deep personal interest in Buddhist psychology. These approaches emphasise the importance of not exiling, or turning away from, what is difficult in our experience. They call on us to meet our deepest pain with curiosity, compassion and care. And they offer a framework not just for incremental change, but for transformation and real vitality.