I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist trained in psychodynamic studies at Oxford University and have taken a brief but intensive course in CBT with the world-renowned Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre. Previously I had obtained a British Psychological Society (BPS) recognised degree in psychology and in 2001 completed a Masters in Cognitive Science. I have also received training in Couple Counselling with the Berkshire Counselling Centre. So I reckon to have several strings to my bow.
For over 10 years I worked for a global Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider where I received training in solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) as well as critical incident debriefing and life coaching. Obviously I am also well versed in workplace issues such as work related stress (WRS).
I have been offering counselling and psychotherapy to clients since 2007 (when I was an associate counsellor for the NHS for three years) and have a private practice working from two central locations in Oxford, both about five minutes walk from Oxford Train Station (one via the canal).
Keen to be well versed on the latest and most up-to-date ways of helping clients, I spend much of my “free” time reading about therapeutic issues, often updating my knowledge of self-help books in order to be able to suggest further reading for those who ask for recommendations (bibliotherapy). I usually remind clients that everyone must make up their own mind (often by reading reviews) whether a book would work for them, but I hope to be able to point in the right direction, especially after I have got to know someone over several sessions. An example of a recent book is ‘The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober’ by Catherine Gray, which I found well written and extremely well researched – so was able to be entertained (I read it on holiday!) and informed at the same time.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), have been listed on the BACP Accredited Voluntary Register since November 2013 and abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a member of the Counselling Directory and the UK and Ireland Counselling Directory (UKIDCP), both of which organisations check the membership and qualifications of their members before publishing names on websites. Please press on the links at the bottom of the page.