Finding the right therapist for you to discuss your issues may seem daunting, however, there are a few factors that may be useful for you to consider before choosing your therapist. These include therapeutic approaches, a therapist’s training and qualifications, their level of clinical experience and the expertise of knowledge. It is also important to meet with the potential therapist for a consultation session before committing to a course of therapy, as you need to feel comfortable with who you are working with. I adopt a relational approach to therapy, believing in the dynamic therapeutic process and alliance that is based on a unique and professional relationship between me and my clients. I respect individual differences with regard to your subjective lived experiences in an open and non-judgmental manner. This would facilitate a safe and secure base for us, which would enable us to work collaboratively in exploring and addressing your issues to achieve your therapeutic goals.
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I have obtained a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, and a Professional Doctorate degree (DProf) in Counselling Psychology at the London Metropolitan University. I am a chartered and registered member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a full member of the Division of the Counselling Psychology. I have been nominated as a senior associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine (Sr. Assoc. RSM) in recognition of my contributions to the field of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practice and research which span more than five years. I am a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (MBABCP).
I have worked in a variety of clinical and academic settings, including a charity organization specializing in brain injury rehabilitation which provides counselling for people with enduring and challenging issues; a service that supports people with mental health issues ranging from the primary to tertiary level; various universities as both a mental health mentor and a learning disabilities tutor for students with different challenges and disabilities. In 2008 I established the Headway Bedford psychological service where I now work as a Counselling Psychologist supporting people with brain injury in the neuropsychological rehabilitation context and provide clinical supervision to doctoral trainees. I also practice as an independent practitioner offering counselling in the areas of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire, at my office in Atterbury Lakes, Milton Keynes. In some cases, I can offer home visits to suit individual circumstances. I work with adult individuals, couples and groups with a wide range of issues, including identity changes and adjustment issues caused by negative life events, chronic illness, eating disorders, anger management, addiction, life/work stress and crisis, depression, anxiety, bereavement, relationship/marital issues and personal development.
There are various therapeutic approaches in counselling and psychotherapy, each approach offers something different to people whose needs may vary in different stages of life. Different life experiences or challenges may also influence the type of approach you may need to address your issues appropriately and effectively.
I have trained in various modalities in counselling, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Metacognitive Therapy (MCT), Schema Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Humanistic Counselling and Systemic and Family Therapy. My therapeutic approach is tailored for each individual’s needs by integrating a variety of interventions from different modalities with an aim to achieve a positive therapeutic outcome. I believe in working flexibly and creatively to suit each individual by adapting my approach during therapy, which enables me to find the right techniques and theories that fit in more comfortably with you and your life circumstances. During an initial consultation, we will discuss your current life situation, needs, preferences and how we may work collaboratively during therapy. This aims at gaining a shared understanding of your issues and finding what is the most suitable way for you before we may proceed in therapy.
I have undertaken advanced professional training in counselling psychology, involving a variety of therapeutic modalities such as Existential Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I believe that my engagement with on-going professional development is crucial, as this ensures my competency in my profession by keeping my knowledge and skills up to date and relevant to my practice as a Counselling Psychologist. Most importantly, this allows me to deliver a professional service to my clients in an effective manner.