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 now 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).
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. I also have a counselling, psychotherapy and supervision private practice in Exeter, and East Devon, and more recently in central Glasgow.
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.