About me

I am a fully trained psychotherapist and hold a Diploma in TA Practice (psychotherapy). My first career was in healthcare as a people manager for over ten years and this gave me a great understanding of people of all ages and backgrounds and the pressures we are often put under in the workplace and our daily lives.

Experience and skills: As well as the traditional ‘talking therapy’ techniques, I have a range of other skills to draw on which complement my practice such as using some CBT techniques and creativity.

I have experience in using mindfulness with clients and employees, to help enrich lives and reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. I run workshops throughout the country on Mindfulness & Resilience for AXA PPP healthcare and AXA Group.

I am a naturally creative person and am experienced in using a variety of creative techniques (including using objects, metaphors, sand and creative writing) to help clients access repressed feelings and explore their emotions.

I have worked with the following charities as a volunteer counsellor: Redhill Counselling Centre, Carers Support West Sussex and Headway (acquired brain injuries).

Qualifications: I hold a UKATA Diploma in TA Practice (psychotherapy).

My counselling and psychotherapy practice is based at Silver Grey Clinic on the A22, Felbridge.

I have recently successfully completed a separate Diploma in Trauma Therapy.

In summary I have undertaken the following training:

  • Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy  (4 years postgraduate qualification, 2015 to 2019)
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy (completed June 2020)
  • Working with Couples in Therapy (August 2020)
  • Working Therapeutically with Teenagers (August 2020)
  • Working Therapeutically in an Educational Setting (August 2020)
  • Mindfulness Diploma (January 2019)
  • Counselling Children and Adolescents Certificate (August 2019)
  • Certificate in Trauma Therapy (completed 2017) including Trauma & Recovery, Severe & Complex Trauma, Trauma in Children, Attachment and Attachment Disorders
  • Mental Health First Aid (completed 2016)
  • Counselling Skills Level 2 (completed 2011)
  • Masters in Creative Writing and Personal Development (completed 2005)
  • BA (hons) English and Creative Studies (completed 2001)

I have experience in working with clients experiencing the following issues, and more:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Social anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low mood
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Stress
  • Grief & Loss
  • Work-related issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Family issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Self-harm in teens and adults
  • Clients with life-changing brain injuries
  • Carers who are caring for family members

I am fully insured, DBS checked and am supervised by a qualified and experienced Transactional Analysis Supervisor. I attend regular professional training to keep my skills and knowledge up to date.

I am an active member of UKATA, the professional body for TA psychotherapy. I write a regular column on creative writing and therapy for the quarterly magazine The Transactional Analyst.

I am also a member of EATA and BACP and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.