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). I also did a training placement providing counselling 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.