I grew up in the UK. In some ways my childhood was quite normal but as with many of us, there were some difficult aspects to it.
I worked in human rights and international development and it wasn’t until my late 20s that my response to the ending of a short relationship helped me realise that I needed professional help. I had long avoided therapy. I started with six sessions at a local Womens’ Centre in London where I lived. I thought this would be plenty – it felt like plenty. But at the end of six sessions, I could see that I was only just beginning. I was fascinated. A further six sessions passed rapidly and I entered long term therapy.
My therapeutic journey has been so important for me. Incredibly challenging at times. Sometimes it felt like I was getting nowhere, other times things went very fast. But for me, therapy was a game changer. Over time, I became more grounded with fewer ups and downs. I trusted myself more, developed better confidence and greater resilience. And therapy certainly helped me establish and maintain a meaningful long term relationship.
Having experienced the enormous benefits of therapy, I trained in psychotherapy in London, UK, graduating in 2008. In the UK, this is a rigorous five year training, which demands an enormous degree of self reflection and personal work. It was one of the most personally challenging journeys in my life, and I believe it gives me a deeper understanding and experience to use in my work as a therapist.
I was awarded a Masters degree and Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, following a five year professional, accredited training at the Minster Centre in London. Whilst accreditation is not mandatory, I think it’s very important. I am accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) and the Queensland Counsellors Association (QCA) and as such am bound by their codes of ethics and subject to their professional complaints procedures. I continue to be registered with and accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). Over the last decade, I have had the privilege of working with a wide range of presenting issues with people from many walks of life.
I work continually to develop my practise and understanding as a psychotherapist, through further study, training and workshops and am particularly interested in neuroscience, mindfulness and trauma. I have additionally trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma.
Prior to arriving in Brisbane in spring 2014, I ran a successful private practice in the east end of London. Over the last ten years, I have also worked as a counsellor for the London Ambulance Service, a counsellor and clinical assessor for mental health charity, City and Hackney Mind and as a psychotherapist for refugee organisations Freedom from Torture, the Mapesbury Clinic for People in Exile and Therapy4Refugees here in Australia.