I completed my therapeutic training from 2012 – 2015, which included a 6 month placement at The Children's Society Waves Project in Weymouth, Dorset. In this role I worked with young people on a range of concerns from depression and bullying, to self harm and destructive family life. Following this I was a trauma therapist for Dorset Rape Crisis Support Centre from 2014 – 2017 supporting survivors of sexualised trauma and historical abuse.
In 2016 I expanded my knowledge by enrolling on a Bachelor of Science honours degree with The Open University, studying childhood psychology, forensic psychology and mental health.
In 2016 I also established my private practice at a quiet holistic health clinic in Blandford Forum. Here I support private counselling clients with a range of concerns, and since 2019 this has included a contract with The Leonardo Trust supporting unpaid carers to manage their mental health.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I'm committed to the process of continuing professional development by attending conferences and courses on a regular basis. I am also fully insured and DBS checked.
Some of my professional development courses and seminars include Transactional Analysis 101, Attachment and the early years, understanding panic attacks, supporting children and young people's wellbeing, and the neuroscience of trauma.
How I work:
The relationship we form is extremely important as a secure platform for self exploration and self acceptance, and so warmth, empathy and understanding form the basis of our therapeutic alliance. From a biopsychosocial perspective, I believe that every individual is a combination of biological, psychological and social influences, and that changing one aspect will have a knock on effect on the other areas of life.
As a humanistic integrative therapist I draw from a range of therapeutic approaches to make your experience as unique as you are, and I am able to adapt to your needs and provide support which suits you as an individual. Ultimately all of these therapeutic approaches promote autonomy and self awareness, where you know exactly what is right for you.
The therapies that inform my practice are:
- Person Centred: Exploring the perceptions of self and views of the world.
- Existential: Focusing on existence in the world within the limits of the human condition.
- Transactional Analysis: Understanding interactions in relation to past experiences and identifying problem areas.
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Exploring the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviours, with a view to removing destructive patterns.
- Creative Therapies: Using artistic and creative interventions to explore emotions when words can be too overwhelming.
- Attachment Theory: Exploring childhood attachments and patterns of relating to others.