I worked as a dental nurse for many years in London before beginning my own therapeutic journey. This led me to train as a therapist. I undertook a three year integrative training course; enabling me to draw on different approaches. Primarily Person Centred and Psychodynamic Theories, encompassing CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
Following this, I worked for Marie Curie in a community setting, helping patients and their families cope with terminal illness and palliative care. After this, I worked in various GP practices, seeing patients referred from the doctors struggling with a huge variety of issues such as:
- Eating disorders,
- Childhood Abuse and Trauma,
- PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder),
- Low self esteem,
- Adult trauma and Domestic Violence,
I moved to Devon in 2003 and in 2010, I trained as a specialist couple counsellor with the Relate Institute where I have been working ever since. In 2016, I trained as a specialist Psycho-Sexual Therapist which I continue with Relate and also privately. This training enables me to work effectively with sexual dysfunctions and difficulties such as:
- Erectile dysfunction,
- Loss of libido,
- Premature ejactulation,
- Menopausal issues,
- Delayed ejaculation and
- Anorgasmia (inability to orgasm),
Sexual therapy is a very different process to general therapy. Based in the CBT theory, it works with the Sensate Focus Programme; pioneered by Masters and Johnson in the 1950s and 60s. It is a very well proven process with treatment programmes that are highly effective, with the possibility of instigating major improvements in your sex life, regardless of gender and / or sexual orientation.
In my experience, often clients come for psychosexual therapy as survivors of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional). The psychosexual therapy programme can be too challenging to dive straight into so I help clients manage this by having devised a pre-programme strategy. This can ease clients into the process, leading to a greater chance of success with the programme overall.
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Working with Mental health issues Course (Relate)
- Domestic Violence Course
- Advanced University Diploma in Couple Therapy
- Postgraduate certificate in Psychosexual therapy
- Divorce and how to help young people to cope
- Working with LGBTQ.
- Suicide Awareness training
- Dissociative Identity disorder
- Working with survivors of trauma
- Post-graduate Deploma in Supervision
Recently, I’ve undertaken a post-graduate diploma in supervision. I felt that I was at a point in my career where I thought that it was an appropriate next step to qualify as a supervisor. This allows me to facilitate supervision in groups, individuals and in a therapeutic setting or in a management setting.