People often come to me because they are going through a crisis or a life changing situation which can bring up uncomfortable feelings and unhelpful thoughts. Speaking to me helps to release their thoughts and emotions and some individuals can feel lighter. In workshops, individuals come to try something new, create artwork and see what will happen. At the end of the workshop, they may feel inspired in some way.
I am a Registered Counsellor and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy as well as a member of the Person-Centred Art Therapy Association. My Private Practice is based in Ealing, W5 and London, W1K. I also work as an Affiliate Counsellor on two Employee Assistance Programmes.
In the past, I have worked in various settings such as in a bereavement agency, a hospice, a mental health charity, a primary school and a counselling service for young people.
In 1999, I experienced a personal crisis and turned to counselling and complementary therapy for support. Following that I decided to study Integrative Counselling and was drawn to the creative arts. I found that the creative arts helped shift blocks in me that talking therapy alone was unable to do. Graduating with a diploma in Counselling in 2004, a certificate in Person-Centred Art Therapy Skills (PCATS) in 2005 and a diploma in PCATS in 2007
In 2008, I experienced another personal crisis and once more turned to counselling and complementary therapy for support. This was an opportunity to work on parts of myself that needed healing.
Having an interest in trauma and addiction, I attended several Training Days. On one of these days, I met Paula Hall and decided to study for a Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction (Module 1-5, 85 hours) in the Midlands and qualified in September 2015.
Learning never ends and as part of my Continuing Professional Development, I am currently studying an online course via the Foundation of Infant Loss Training 2018.
Also, self-care is important – I find that creativity and nature help me find my true nature.