My initial training was in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling: a post-graduate diploma taught at Masters level at the University of Brighton. The fundamental emphasis of this training was relational and rooted in humanistic philosophy, while taking into account developmental perspectives and the way in which we are shaped from our early life experiences. This has in turn shaped the way I perceive the work: I aim to be with you and the whole of your experience, acknowledging the here-and-now as much as the there-and-then.
Since this training I've broadened my approach, growing into the embodied ways we meet through various experiential groups. These have and continue to influence and expand the way I think about psychotherapy, including authentic movement at the Karuna Institute in Devon, Brainspotting (a trauma therapy born out of EMDR and somatic experiencing), as well as working working with Nick Totton and gaining my advanced diploma across three years in Embodied Relational Therapy - which is in essence a relational body psychotherapy that deeply acknowledges the embodied ground of the therapeutic endeavor.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their code of ethics, as well as a member of the ERTA and the Southern Association for Psychotherapy and Counselling (SAFPAC) - a psychotherapy training and community developing practice through humanistic, existential and psychoanalytic ideas, as well as the arts and humanities. Here, alongside critically examining established ways of thinking about mental distress, there is a belief in the value of ordinary ways of living and being together.