After completing an MA in English Literature and Philosophy at Glasgow University during the 1980s, I moved to the South West of England and built a long career into a senior management position, within social housing.
I hold a post-graduate diploma in business management, and formally trained as a workplace mentor. Later, following some needed reflection on my own life and work - including much useful time in therapy, I decided to retrain as a counsellor, then later as a psychotherapist.
Professional qualifications and experience
I have a Post-Graduate MA in Core Process Psychotherapy (Mindfulness-based therapy) from the Karuna Institute, in Devon - accredited by Middlesex University. Also, a Post-Graduate Degree in Person-Centred Counselling (including a Focusing qualification) from the University of East Anglia.
I've worked as a supervisor for several years, and more recently completed a further professional, clinical supervision training with CSTD (Centre for Supervision and Team Development) in Bath to build on the quality of supervision I already offer.
I am also completing a post-graduate, pathway of mindfulness training with Exeter University to qualify as teacher and trainer of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBCT & MBSR). And, currently working towards accreditation in IPT (Inter Personal Therapy) - one of the NICE approved therapies within the NHS for working with Depression.
My past experience over 18 years has included collectively counselling, mentoring, providing psychotherapy and supervision within the NHS, social services, business, education and specialist counselling agencies.
Currently, I work within a range of NHS medical surgeries, in Devon and teach Therapeutic Counselling in a local College. I also have a counselling, psychotherapy and supervision private practice in Exeter, and East Devon.
As an accreditated member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) I abide by its ethical framework for good practice, and I am subject to its complaints procedure.
I am also a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
My personal approach
Within my work in counselling and psychotherapy, I believe that at our deepest level we all have the desire and capacity to fulfil our potential. This means I work in a way that helps you find and work with your own inner resources, to help you build greater confidence and trust in yourself. I find this partnership with each client always a unique journey. With a greater sense of trust in yourself, I believe you may be able to make the changes you want to help you lead a more satisfying and meaningful life.