My Training, Qualifications and Experience
I currently work 4 days a week in a NHS Talking Therapies Service (IAPT) as a High Intensity Psychotherapist, mostly providing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to adults with the whole range of psychological disorders and problems, as well as more every day problems such as the distress of job loss, housing problems, family problems - in fact distress of any kind really.
I also have a Private Practice in Chesham where I provide CBT, and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am a provider of psychotherapy, counselling and CBT for private health insurance companies such as BUPA.
I first became interested in becoming a Counsellor many years ago when I was myself helped by a Counsellor following a traumatic event in my life. I hoped that one day I would be able to train to offer the same kind of help to others in need. In 1999 I saw a part-time course in Counselling advertised at Harrow College of Further Education and applied. I have never looked back. I knew from the start that this was the work I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
It was a long haul, a 4 year diploma during which I had to continue the 'day job' working as an IT professional. After the first 2 years of training I began Counselling in Voluntary Sector Counselling Services, including a Carers Centre, a Women's Centre and MIND.
In 2003 I received my Counselling Diploma and started my private practice while continuing to work in the voluntary sector. Over the years that followed I offered my services to Signpost Young Person's Counselling Service and Hillingdon Action Group for Addiction Management (HAGAM) which forms part of the Hillingdon Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS). Later I undertook an honorary Counselling role at the Hillingdon Primary Care Counselling Service where I still work today as a Psychotherapist, mostly practising CBT.
From 2004 to 2007 I worked for Parentline Plus as a Telephone Counsellor . The in-house training I received in this role has been invaluable in all my work since, providing me with tools and techniques for helping clients to manage difficult family relationship issues.
In 2007 I began my 4 year training at the Metanoia Institute - a highly prestigious centre of excellence for Humanistically Oriented Training Programmes. My training was in the MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. In 2011 I achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy after the 4 years - but did not go on to do the Dissertation and Viva which would have given me my Masters because I was invited, and chose instead to undertake the one year intensive IAPT training in High Intensity CBT.