I will be seeing clients from the 1st March 2021.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, I will only be offering online Zoom, Skype and telephone sessions. This, however, might change depending on government advice. I’m based in both Cambridgeshire and Norfolk but will work remotely with anyone in the UK.
I have over thirty years’ experience working with people with emotional and psychological challenges. I have worked within the NHS, statutory and voluntary sectors including the Tavistock Clinic, NSPCC and St Christopher’s Hospice. I am an accredited psychotherapeutic counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a registered social worker with Social Work England. I am dedicated to compassionately helping people to work through problems related to relationships; emotional challenges; mental health problems; significant life changes, especially mindful of the traumatic impact of COVID 19 on many of our lives (see further information below); loss and grief; trauma; illness and ongoing health difficulties; life transitions and struggles, and existential pain. I aim to help people to identify areas of personal change to attain improved quality of life and to reconnect with happiness. My psychotherapeutic approaches include Integrative Therapy, Compassion Focused Therapy, Attachment-Based Approaches and Family Therapy interventions with couples and individuals.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy – Birmingham University; Completed 2018
- Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling, (BACP Accredited training) Inter-Psyche Training Institute, Kent; completed 2011
- Certificate in Systemic Therapy, (Couples) Birkbeck, University of London; completed 2010
- Masters Degree in Theology – dissertation specialism: The spiritual care needs of adult survivors of childhood trauma – St Mary’s University, Twickenham; completed 2017
- BA (Hons) Social Work – dissertation specialism therapeutic work with adult survivors of childhood trauma, Portsmouth University; completed 2004
- Advanced Diploma in Mental Health Social Work, Portsmouth University; completed 1999
- Social Work Practice Teaching Award, Bromley College of Higher Education: completed 1998
- Diploma in Social Work/Diploma in Higher Education, Brunel University, London; completed 1994
- Certificate in the Dynamic Psychology of Counselling, Lincoln Institute of Psychotherapy, London; completed 1991
- Diploma in Theology and Social Studies, Plater College, Oxford; completed 1988
Recent continuing Professional Development
- Beginning 2021: Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma Therapy NAOS Institute
- 2020: Narrative Therapy (level 1) (Institute for Narrative Therapy)
- 2020: How The Body Releases Trauma – (PESI) 2 days
- 2020: Waking Dreams (Psychosynthesis Trust) 2 days
- 2019: Working with Young People with Gender Dysphoria – (Tavistock Clinic) 1 day
- 2019 Working with LGBT Clients (WPF) – 1 day
- 2017 – 18 Post Graduate Diploma in Compassion Focused Therapy (University of Birmingham) 1 year
- 2017 Introduction to Compassion Focused Therapy – (Compassionate Mind Foundation) 3 days
- 2016 Compassion Focused Therapy and Trauma – Compassionate Mind Foundation – 2 days
- 2015 Systemic Practice with Families with Physical Illness – (Tavistock Clinic) 5 days
Psychological effects of COVID 19 and Lockdown
I am a specialist practitioner in Compassion Focused Therapy, a new model of psychological intervention which helps to move people forward struggling problems such as trauma, high levels of distress, emotional stuckness, and shame based harsh, internal self criticism.
This past year has been hard. Our lives, our relationships with others, our employment situations and other important life issues may have been under considerable strain. Lockdown has brought with it social distancing, the loss of normal human contact, separation from family, and for many, deep uncertainty. It has brought bereavement and isolation for many. There has been the pressure of “staying alert” for an invisible but real problem and this has understandably taken us by surprise. We have needed to adapt to many changes. During such a time of challenge, change and uncertainty, we may be trying to cope under the strain of events that can feel beyond our control. Coping with the effects of the COVID pandemic, can often require more energy and resilience.
Compassion Focused Therapy is a very relevant and helpful approach to problems such as low mood, overwhelm, overload, heightened anxiety, shame and loss of self confidence. Compassionate resilience has a strong evidence base for helping us to cope with distress and change.
Compassion Focused Therapy offers us insight into understanding how our evolutionary brains, thoughts and emotional systems work. It does this through teaching us about three core evolutionary brain systems:
Threat Protection System (fight, flight, freeze, appease)
Drive System (motivation, focusing, attaining, goal orientation, etc)
Soothing system (calm, safety, wellbeing, connection)
How these brain systems interact affects our mood, emotions, thinking, feeling, nervous system and bodily reactions. These systems are important for emotional wellbeing and are related to certain hormones and brain chemistry. Understanding these systems is a first important step in helping us to learn how to manage our sometimes tricky minds and emotions more effectively.
As a therapist trained in Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) my work with you, in dealing with the impact of this difficult time would aim to help you to cultivate a capacity for reducing anxiety and helping you to develop emotional resilience. This would initially be through teaching you strategies to support your nervous system manage anxiety and the effects of sometimes traumatic thoughts and emotions. These strategies are informed by Polyvagal Theory, a scientific model of intervention focused upon regulating the interaction between our mind, our nervous system and our bodies
I will be seeing clients from the 1st March 2021.
Due to the COVID19 pandemic, I will only be offering online Zoom, Skype and telephone sessions. This, however, might change depending on government advice