Working as a therapist
Alongside private practice, I offer my counselling services voluntarily in East London, at a charitable counselling agency whose mission is to improve the mental health and well being of the local community.
Over the years, I have had extensive experience of helping people from a very diverse mix of cultural, ethnic and class backgrounds, gender identification and sexual orientation, from both the able bodied and disabled community.
We have shared experiences of an equally diverse set of emotional challenges, relationship issues and struggles, in the safety of the counselling relationship.
Why I chose to work as a therapist
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked in the education sector, where I found that the greatest contribution I was making to my tutees was in my pastoral work, using counselling skills as a vehicle for showing understanding and acceptance to them while they were studying, often faced with personal struggles and material deprivation. This certainly informed my decision to become a full time therapist.
However, the most compelling reason was my own experience of counselling as a client; it had helped me to deal with difficult feelings, improve relationships and become a better person.
As a result, I decided to give something back, by helping others as a therapist.
Diploma In Therapeutic Counselling, Level Four, [City Lit].
Certificate Of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills, Level Four [Birkbeck].
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and abide by their Code of Ethics and Good Practice.