Prior to training as a Counselling Psychologist and Psychotherapist, I first studied Fine Art before returning to complete a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology. In addition to training as a Counselling Psychologist and Integrative Psychotherapist, I have also trained in Person-Centred and Cognitive Behavioural (CBT) approaches.
Throughout my career I have also worked in both primary and secondary mental health services in the NHS and charitable organisations as well as within specialist weight loss surgery services. Alongside working in private practice I also work as a visiting lecturer in counselling psychology as well as within a private hospital in Kent where I provide psychological support for individuals experiencing either mental health difficulties, managing major life transitions following diagnosis, surgery and/or other health-related difficulties.
Throughout my career I have become interested in how physical change affects how people feel about themselves. Whether it be a physical part of yourself that you don’t like or a physical change brought about by illness or surgery (e.g. mastectomy, pregnancy, ageing, weight loss etc.) I work with individuals to overcome the limits and challenges that prevent them from living their lives fully and authentically.
Adopting a holistic view of the person allows me to help them explore and understand how they feel in their bodies, what impact changes to their physical functioning have had and what roles food and appearance play so to enable them to experience a more authentic relationship with their body.