I am a psychotherapist and counsellor having trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, Paddington. I am a member of the BACP, awaiting UKCP accreditation and have a post graduate diploma in transpersonal integrative psychotherapy which qualifies me to practice as a psychotherapist and counsellor. In addition to this I am working towards a research MA in transpersonal psychotherapy. I am researching experiences of ‘otherness’ – experiences beyond words and symbolisation and how these relate to spirituality and society.
I worked for five years as a counsellor with the Addiction Support and Care Agency in Surbiton, dealing with addictions of all types but also a number of related mental health issues such as reactions to trauma, depression, personality disorders and schizophrenia.
I have also worked as a counsellor in Piccadilly with the Caravan Counselling service dealing with people from all walks of life and previously co-facilitated an arts therapy group in Horton Rehabilitation Services, which is a locked ward for primarily schizophrenic patients. Before training as a psychotherapist I worked on the mental health support service SaneLine.
Before becoming a psychotherapist I worked for 10 years (and trained for 20 years) as a martial arts instructor and coach. This not only gave me good insight into the relationship between mind and body, but also meant that I was involved in helping people to overcome fear and aggression and helped them to achieve specific goals around their personal growth, physical development and abilities. It also allowed me to gain a background in meditation, and I maintain a meditative practice which can be used within the context of psychotherapy to promote wellbeing (although it is not a religious practice).
I edit a magazine for student psychotherapists called Frontiers which you can read here – http://frontiertherapymagazine.com/