I am a Gestalt Psychotherapist, having been awarded an Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from Edinburgh Gestalt Institute, Scotland. I also trained at the Gestalt Centre, London, to gain a Diploma in Gestalt Counselling, and at the University of Hertfordshire, where I also completed a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. In 2019, I was awarded a Certificate in Developmental Somatic Psychotherapy from the Center for Somatic Studies in New York, where I trained for two years with Gestaltist Ruella Frank.
For the past twenty-seven years, I have also worked in Healthcare as a Registered Nurse and from 2001 to the present day, as a Registered Osteopath.My interest in healthcare has always extended to mental health; an often neglected and sometimes taboo subject. I have a keen interest in the links between physical and emotional health, and how they affect each other. My work as an Osteopath has brought me in contact with thousands of people suffering physical discomfort, and I am often struck by how much underlying emotional distress many people suffer.
I have developed my Osteopathic approach with a focus on the role of emotional distress in physical ill health and discomfort. I believe physical and psychological health are inextricably linked. My interest developed to the point where I decided to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist, and spend more time working with the emotional aspects of health.
I am a Registered Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – both organisations that exist to maintain and promote professional standards in counselling and psychotherapy, and to protect the public. Both the BACP and the UKCP require members to abide by their Ethical Framework or their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice, and to undertake regular supervision and continuing professional development each year. My practice is based at The Natural Therapy Centre, above Natural Health in Hertford.