I have an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy from Metanoia Institute, one of the leading institutions in the UK in humanistically oriented counselling and psychotherapy training.
Aside from my private practice, I work as an honorary counsellor at the Putneymead Group Medical Practice in Putney which offers short-term counselling to NHS patients.
I have regular supervision to support my clinical practice and ensure professional and ethical practice.
I chose integrative psychotherapy as I believe that there is no single truth and that it is important to question assumptions and re-examine the formulae and approaches we habitually use. Integration, for me, is attempting to hold different and sometimes opposing theories and finding a common language. In this age of political and social polarisation, this inclusive approach feels important as it requires an attitude of openness, curiosity and non-defensiveness and a readiness to step outside our frame of reference.
In my practice, I draw from psychodynamic theory (object relations theory, attachment theory and self psychology), person-centred therapy, as well as existential, intersubjective, phenomenological and neurobiological approaches.
I am also a traditional acupuncturist working in a busy pain clinic at Kingston Hospital. I studied acupuncture at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in Reading and graduated in 2006.
I spent my first seven years in private practice while also working for the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) as Safe Practice Officer, advising clinicians in all matters of safe acupuncture practice.
Since 2014, I have been working solely for the NHS in chronic pain management.
Journey to psychotherapy
My interest in talking therapies began not long after I set up in practice as an acupuncturist. I found that once patients started to relax, they began opening up about their lives and the things that caused them pain and anxiety.
I have always been curious about what creates an environment where healing takes place, and I became more and more interested in what happens on an interpersonal level in the treatment room and how this co-created environment can promote a sense of calm, help us gain more clarity and improve our physical and emotional wellbeing.
My journey to psychotherapy has taken me via a number of different routes. I trained as a supervisor for acupuncturists and other health professionals in 2012, and from there my first step into talking therapies was my training and placement as a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Support.
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