For over 17 years, I have worked with people either supportively, or therapeutically in various roles. Initially I was a volunteer with the Leicester Samaritans, delivering training and mentoring for volunteers for over 6 years, and now I'm a BACP, Registered, Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist with over 11 years experience, counselling adults and young people (16+). I use both short term counselling and open ended Psychodynamic & Psychotherapeutic interventions with clients from my private practice based in a quiet area of Oadby, Leicester, and Knighton Fields Road East, located 1.2 miles from the University of Leicester, 0.7 miles from Clarendon Park, and 1.8 miles from the Leicester Royal Infirmary.
I am Disability Awareness and Safeguarding for Children & Adults trained, working with many people from diverse and underrepresented client groups from my practice. I utilise CBT, Solution Focused and Psychodynamic, Psychotherapeutic modalities within my work, acknowledging that everyone is very unique and special in their own way.
I have developed many skills throughout my practice including; conducting my own clinical assessments and evaluating suicidal risk, formulating and discussing treatment plans, setting and maintaining boundaries, whilst agreeing outcome measures with my clients. I fully document client sessions, and often provide detailed (at the request of my clients, GDPR compliant: 00045749944) psychological reports for GP’s, Mental Health practitioners and Human Resource professionals to support those who require evidence for sick absence, whilst maintaining client confidentiality at all times. Managing wellbeing and supporting people back into ‘day to day’ life/work/education is essential to help people fulfil potential, including; self care, exercise, yoga, meditation, sleep management, diet and sexual health, as part of a ‘holistic’ wellbeing treatment can be extremely enlightening and empowering.
And lastly, before training as a therapist, I was employed within the Engineering sector. I’m a Post Graduate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) and hold a certificate in Leadership from the Institute of Leadership & Management. I share this because I have a wealth of experience of working with colleagues, managers and clients within competitive environments, and understand the diverse and stressful dynamics that pertain to being employed within target driven environments.
Private Practice Grange Farm Oadby - 2013 - Present
And Knighton Fields Road East - 2018 - Present
Short-term counselling and open-ended Psychotherapy
De Montfort University - 2010 - present
I work with undergraduates offering counselling for up to 12 sessions
Leicester Counselling Centre - 2007 - October 2015
I worked with adults psychotherapeutically for up to 2 years.
University of Leicester
Postgraduate Diploma, Psychodynamic Counselling (BACP Accredited)
Certificate, Psychodynamic Counselling
Professional membership MBACP (Accred)
As an Accredited, Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) www.bacp.co.uk, I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, and, as part of this, undertake monthly, ongoing supervision, which is a requirement for all working practitioners. I also undertake the required number of Continual Professional Development modules to keep abreast with current developments/research in mental health.