Training and QualificationsI am a registered psychotherapist with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
My interest in understanding how people live and make sense of their lives (including my own) led me to study psychology as a first degree in 1972.I then moved into teaching and careers guidance work with young people. At that time I also worked for an organisation providing residential holidays for children where I became involved in providing interpersonal training for the staff. Here I learnt an enormous amount about communication and relating to others. I completed my first counselling training in 1987 and from this established a small private practice in Rochdale where I then lived.
I moved to Hampshire in 1991 and worked in higher education as a careers and personal counsellor. I engaged in further training and gained a diploma in humanistic psychology and facilitation. I became involved in facilitating many self development groups - including anger management, assertiveness, counselling skills, emotional literacy, parenting skills, relaxation, self esteem and stress management. I re-established my private counselling practice in 1996 as well as counselling in higher education and later in a sixth form college.
In 1997 I began a further five years of training in psychotherapy which involved looking in depth at understanding the human condition from various view points and in deepening and broadening my ways of working with people. I gained a masters degree in psychotherapy in 2002.
My particular present interest is in the recent neuroscientific findings about how the brain functions in response to stress and trauma and the implications of these findings in working with people who are experiencing the effects of trauma. I am fully trained in EMDR - a well recognised and effective method of working with trauma. I have also completed the SEe FaR CBT training to work with anxiety, trauma and PTSD.
'Vulnerability is our most accurate measure of courage' Brene Brown