I have trained in various models of psychotherapy including psychodynamic, integrative, relational, and humanistic. However, I primarily work within the existential tradition.
I draw on philosophy, in particular existential philosophy which explores what it is to be human, to live, and uniquely be oneself. Existential therapy does not label or categorise difficulties as ‘illnesses’ or ‘disorders’ preferring to understand them as ‘problems in living’.
Where you are now will be the focus of our work. We will centre on how you experience and manage all aspects of your life. My approach is holistic. I view body, mind, emotions and spirit as inseparable aspects of being, with each requiring care and concern. I will not use tick-box solutions, fixed theories or preconceived ideas about you. You are unique and deserve to be understood in your own context.
I believe that respect for the individual, understanding, being honest and real are important to therapy. These qualities will underlie how I will engage with you.
Qualifications and training experience
Following my own experience of therapy I retrained to become a qualified and accredited psychotherapist and existential analyst.
I studied at Regents University, London School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology for a Master’s degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, followed by an Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy.
In addition, I have undertaken training in cognitive behavioural skills, working with trauma, attachment therapy, and counselling skills for working with adolescents and young people. I am continuing my training in Autogenic Therapy, a simple but powerful tool for rebalancing our stress response and reducing anxiety.
I am DBS checked and have attended the 2018 Advanced Safeguarding Course of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children’s Board.
Accreditation and Professional membership
I am accredited by UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and abide by their code of ethics and conduct. In line with their standards, my clinical work is overseen by accredited supervisors and I invest in continued professional development and training.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and a member of the Society of Existential Analysis (SEA) and British Autogenic Society (BAS).
I have worked as a therapist since 2012 providing both long-term and short-term psychotherapy and counselling. I have spent four years working in a university counselling service with undergraduates, postgraduates and mature students of all ages. This involved working with individuals of different cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities.
Alongside my private practice I volunteer in an affordable counselling service for adolescents and young people in Henley-on-Thames.
Before training as a psychotherapist, I trained and qualified at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW). I have experienced the demands of working in multi-national companies, as well as small and start-up businesses. Such first-hand experience of these highly competitive and stressful working environments has given me an understanding of these worlds as well as those who are seeking to make a career change. I am a keen gardener and enjoy spending time outdoors in the Chilterns with my husband, family and dogs.