Counselling Service in Ruislip and Middlesex County

About Me

Where I Trained

I trained to become a counsellor with The Therapeutic Alliance Counselling Training (Harrow, Middlesex), which is run by two highly experienced senior practitioners. The duration of my training was just over four years, and gave me a very thorough grounding in integrative counselling. One of my tutors had been working as a private psychotherapist for over 2 decades, and was also a qualified neurologist.

My other tutor was running her own counselling practice and also worked as a clinical supervisor. The reason I chose to train integratively was because of the scope that it gives both the counsellor and the client. Each and every one of us is unique and no one suit can fit all; integrative counsellor training introduces the trainee counsellor to various counselling theories, some of which are geared towards helping clients explore unresolved childhood or past issues, whilst others might focus on more current difficulties, such as a separation or bereavement.

I have a CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, an MA in Psychoanalysis & Contemporary Society, CPCAB Certificates in Counselling Theory and Counselling Skills, and a BA Honours Degree in modern languages.

I have also passed examinations for the following two Open University courses: 'Science of the Mind' (examining the roots of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and other mental health problems) and 'Challenging Ideas in Mental Health' (exploring mental health problems from the perspective of the client, and examining ways to challenge public stigma surrounding mental ill-health). 

 

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Other Completed Courses

 To date, I have also completed the following short courses and workshops:


Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, Obesity & Binge-eating (Thames Valley)

 

CBT Treatment & Intervention for Anxiety Disorders (Psychotherapy UK)

 

Counselling People on the Autism Spectrum (Psychotherapy UK)

 

Working with Dreams (Psychotherapy UK)

 

Working with People who Hear Voices (Voice Collective - Camden MIND)

 

Advanced Pet Bereavement Support Skills (Blue Cross)

Basic Pet Bereavement Support Skills (Blue Cross)

My Work

Prior to running my own counselling practice, I supported clients at Link Counselling Service in Uxbridge once a week, and have also worked as a volunteer counsellor for The Place 2 Be

In recent years I also volunteered for the mental health organisation MIND, providing one-to-one befriending support to people with moderate to severe mental health problems. Doing so gave me greater understanding of the isolation felt by many experiencing mental health problems, and the importance of having someone to talk to.

Regarding bereavement, in addition to helping clients through the loss of a human loved-one, I also have much experience in supporting clients who are struggling to cope with the loss of a beloved pet.  Sometimes animals go missing or die through illness or old-age, or we find ourselves facing the tough decision to have our pet euthanized. 

Losing a dear animal can be extremely traumatic, and finding someone to talk to about our feeling can sometimes be difficult.  By providing a listening ear, I help support clients through their grief, enabling them to process their emotions and work towards eventual acceptance of their loss.