Qualifications and training
In addition to my private practice work in Cambridge, I am the College Counsellor at St John's College, University of Cambridge.
I have many years' experience providing counselling to students in higher education (in the student counselling services at Queen Mary University of London, Anglia Ruskin University and Goldsmiths University of London) and to asylum seekers and refugees (at the Refugee Therapy Centre).
I am also an Associate Counsellor for several Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs). I provide counselling to employees seeking help with personal or work-related issues.
These various roles have given me considerable experience in working with a wide range of problems including low mood, depression, stress, anxiety, grief/bereavement, eating problems, relationships, low self-esteem and confidence, identity, traumatic experiences, work/study issues and student issues in general.
Areas of specialism
I also specialise in helping people with transition issues - facing changes in your personal circumstances (eg family/career/study), endings, losses or entering a new phase of life.
How I can help you
I can work with you to explore and make sense of your issues. Understanding is the first step towards making changes. I can help you develop strategies and skills to manage your issues and to find a positive way forward.
It may be that you keep repeating unhelpful patterns of behaving or thinking. I can work with you to identity these patterns, to understand them and to make changes to enable you to start leading a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
I provide a confidential and professional environment. I bring warmth, empathy, a non-judgemental attitude and a sense of humour. I can be gently challenging where necessary, while being supportive and compassionate.
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance of the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
Accreditation means I have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association. This also means I am required to renew my accreditation on an annual basis and provide evidence of continual professional development and supervision.
I have an up to date Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Certificate (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau). I also hold a current Mental Health First Aid certificate.