Counselling & Psychotherapy
Here I tell you bit about me, so that you can get a feel for who I am.
I am curious, welcoming, open and calm, and I enjoy connecting with people, their life stories and experiences. Inclusivity, diversity and difference are issues that I feel strongly about. I believe that people bring such richness to the world with their individuality and uniqueness. So many people have enriched my life, and my relationships, helping me grow and develop.
Outside of work, I am passionate about the environment and the outdoors. I enjoy walking and climbing, and I have always felt most grounded and connected when in the hills or mountains. Watching the changing seasons, being mindful of how this impacts on my sense of wellbeing and energy.
I recognise that many people in todays fast paced society, do not feel that they have the space or time to feel so connected with their environment. This can create internal struggles and conflict.
If you feel we could work well together, you can contact me here.
About Me: My Professional Life
I draw upon my rich experience as a doctor, a therapist, and more importantly, as a human being. Like everyone, I am negotiating my way through an increasingly complex and fraught world. Fourteen years of my professional life have been working as a psychiatrist, supporting people therapeutically. This has included working with people in family therapy, individual therapy, and group therapy. I have always been very aware that medical models of supporting people with difficulties with their mental health, have both value and weaknesses.
As a medical professional working within teams, I have first hand experience of the pressures which staff experience. I have worked in a range of departments, both in acute care and community teams. These have included ED (Accident & Emergency), hospice settings, respiratory, paediatrics, and both acute and community mental health teams.
I also have a particular interest in supporting people through experiences of loss and grief. I have spent time working in a hospice, supporting individuals nearing the end of their life, and their families.
Loss doesn't have to be through the death of a loved one; losses are part of all our lives in may ways. You can read more about me below.
Qualifications and Professional Development
Current: I am in my second year of advanced clinical training in Transactional Analysis
(MSc in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy)
The Berne Institute & Middlesex University
I am studying the Foundation of Internal Family Systems (IFS) with the IFS Institute
2004 An Introduction to Systemic Ideas Association for Family Therapy
2019 Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis The Berne Institute
2019 UKATA National Conference UK Association for Transactional Analysis
2019 Advanced TA Workshop: Family Constellations The Berne Institute
2020 Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm Carolyn Spring
2020 Two Day World Trauma Summit Conference Action Trauma
2021 Trauma & The Body: Dissociation and Somatisation Carolyn Spring
2021 Beyond Pronouns: What Non Binary Clients Want You To Know Trans Affirming Therapists Academy
2021 Anticipatory Grief: Facing Impending Loss and Uncertain Futures PESI Erica Sirrine
2021 Anxiety In The Wake of Loss PESI Claire Bidwell Smith
2021 Compassion Fatigue: Professionals who work with Grief and Trauma PESI Eric Gentry
2021 Cultural and Difference Focussed Practices in Grief Work PESI Alesia Alexander
2021 Grief after Suicide PESI Rita Shulte
2021 Grief Work in Virtual Settings: Tools to Create Support and Connection PESI Alissa Drescher
2021 Shattered Assumptions: Clients Whose World has been Turned Upside Down PESI Joy Samuels
2021 Traumatic Grief: Cognitive, Behavioural and Somatic Approaches PESI Eric Gentry
2021 Unattended Grief Interventions to Facilitate Healthy Grieving PESI David Kessler