I have a Diploma in TA Pyschotherapeutic Counselling from Metanoia Institute (in TA training as a transactional analyst) and am a registered member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). My experience includes counselling individuals at a London branch of the charity Mind, and as a volunteer listener helping callers in despair and distress at the Samaritans.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to their code of ethics. I also follow the Metanoia Institute's Code of Ethics. Both are available on request.
Most therapy attempts first to gain awareness of your patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving, and in order to do this it is important to establish and develop a strong working relationship, one in which you feel as comfortable as possible to share your difficult thoughts and feelings. I work in a collaborative way to ensure a safe and trusting relationship so that we can together to understand your difficulties, their meaning for you and their impact on your life, as well as deciding on what you want from counselling and therapy.
I use Transactional Analysis (TA) to help people gain awareness of and explore their patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviours in a way similar to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). As a therapist training in relational TA, I believe in the importance of the relationship between therapist and client, and in finding a way of working suited to your individual needs and personal style.
I have a strong interest in mindfulness principles, having a regular practice in meditation. I believe that much of human suffering is furthered through a lack of awareness of phenomena within the mind and the body, awareness which mindfulness promotes. I believe that through becoming aware of what is going in within our minds, and connecting with our feelings in the body we can find liberation from emotional pain and mental suffering.