About me

My background: My first career was in healthcare as a people manager and this has given me a great understanding of people of all ages and class, and the pressures we are often put under in the workplace and our daily lives.

Experience and skills: I have a range of experience and skills which complement my practice.

I have experience in using mindfulness with clients and employees, to help enrich lives and reduce anxiety and depression.

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 various charities as a volunteer counsellor, namely Redhill Counselling Centre, Carers Support West Sussex and Headway (acquired brain injuries).

Qualifications: I hold a Post-Graduate Diploma in TA Practice, offering therapeutic counselling. My private counselling practice is based at Meridian Osteopath, 30 Railway Approach, East Grinstead, West Sussex (above The Denture Studio).

I am also working towards a separate Diploma in Trauma Therapy.

I have undertaken the following training:

  • Transactional Analysis Counselling and Psychotherapy  (4 years postgraduate qualification, 2015 to 2019)
  • Mindfulness Diploma (completed January 2019)
  • Diploma in Trauma Therapy (Pending. 2017 – present)
  • 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:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Trauma
  • Stress
  • Grief & Loss
  • Work-related issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Low self-esteem
  • Low self-confidence
  • Self-harm
  • Clients with life-changing brain injuries
  • Carers who are caring for family members

I am fully insured, and supervised by a qualified and experienced Transactional Analysis Supervisor. I attend regular 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 Lapidus and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice.