I am a qualified Psychotherapist/Counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma and Master's Degree (MSc with merit) in Therapeutic Counselling. I belong to a professional body called The BACP, and appear on their Register which is accredited by the Department of Health. I was assessed as having sufficient levels of skill and experience (over 4000 hours) to be awarded Accredited status as a Psychotherapist in June 2016 As an Accredited, Registered member of the BACP, I am bound by the principles set out in their Ethical Framework - www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework. As well as regularly attending courses to further my knowledge of psychotherapy and psychology, I have undertaken specialised training to support patients with a life-limiting illness and work with issues around loss and grief. Through my work as an advocate, I also have specialist knowledge in mental health diagnoses and treatments, and I am accredited by the Law Society to represent clients at Mental Health Tribunals.
I have worked with people in varying degrees of crisis for over 25 years.
Whilst pursuing a career in law, I trained and worked as a volunteer crisis counsellor for over ten years and used my experience to train new volunteers and co-ordinate shifts. I also trained and volunteered at Saneline, offering support and advice to those suffering from mental illness and their carers. Using my knowledge of mental health issues, I became a senior support worker in a mental health rehabilitation unit. I then trained as an advocate, representing patients at Tribunals who appealed whilst detained under the Mental Health Act. Since qualifying as a psychotherapist, I have treated a broad and diverse client base presenting with a wide range of issues in various settings including an NHS GP's Surgery and at a University Counselling Service. My specialist areas are loneliness, grief and loss and I was able to undertake extensive training whilst working in hospices with patients suffering from terminal illness and with grieving loved ones. In 2015 I was appointed an Associate Hospital Manager, sitting on a panel that considers appeals from clients detained in secure psychiatric units. I also give lectures on the emotional and physical damage arising from social isolation and loneliness incorporating the latest research; and have written expert witness reports for Court cases offering a psychotherapeutic assessment of defendants.
I now work in private practice whilst continuing to advocate for mental health patients, lecture and write professional reports.