WhoI am a humanistic counsellor and psychotherapist. I believe that all of us are fundamentally ok and that we each have an innate desire for growth and health. While Gestalt therapy and Formative psychology form the roots of my training the core of my work is compassionate awareness and mindfulness. In practice this means that I take a down to earth, present-oriented approach. I believe that we shape our experience by how we form and hold ourselves physically as well as by what we think. I am interested in the bigger picture - the meaning we give to our lives - and the nitty gritty of what we are experiencing right now. I care deeply about dignity and integrity.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I abide by the its code of ethics. I am committed to respecting difference and will do my best not to discriminate on grounds of class, disability, gender, race or sexual orientation. I hold professional indemnity insurance.
I trained at Spectrum Psychotherapy, a centre for humanistic psychology in London and a member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy. I have also completed specialised training in working with couples; working somatically with people suffering from trauma; working as a supervisor for other psychotherapists and counsellor. I continue my professional and personal development through ongoing therapy, courses and education. I began working as a counsellor in a Sure Start centre, working with parents of young children and then I worked for Suffolk MIND and for Mentis Tree, seeing NHS clients. I now work one day a week in Ipswich Hospital for Petals, the baby loss counselling charity. I work four days a week in private practice in central Ipswich.
*Oxford, Cambridge & Royal Society Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacture & Commerce