I consider each client to be a unique individual - ones size certainly does not fit all. Threaded throughout my model of practice is the principle that the client remains at the centre of their care: a belief that the client is the expert, not the clinician. The relationship that I develop with my clients is the mechanism through which the client can move towards maximising their fullest potential, recruiting the help and support from their family, where applicable. As a nurse, an integrative psychotherapist and a systemic psychotherapist I focus on utilising the relationship as a corrective, interpersonal experience for the client. I remain committed to reducing the stigma of mental illness within society and especially within Black and Minority Ethnic communities, and to reducing barriers that can discourage individuals from engaging with services: barriers such as cultural differences, stereotypes, racial discrimination and gender inequalities. I am a culturally competent therapist with a wide knowledge of other cultures, and am able to demonstrate respect and sensitivity towards all clients regardless of their culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, or age.
My professional qualifications include a Master of Arts (MA) Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling, a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Family Therapy and an Advanced Diploma (ADip) in Integrative Psychotherapy
I am an integrative and a systemic psychotherapist who has over 21 years experience of study, research and practice with clients from all different backgrounds, with a wide range of difficulties.
I am registered with a number of professional bodies, including the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP), the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT) and with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a Mental Health Nurse. I am bound by their codes of ethics and practice.
I am a highly motivated, enthusiastic lover of all things relational. My personal and professional journey to date and beyond lies in developing and deepening my understanding of how and why people react and respond to each other the way they do - especially when distressed, and to support them to liberated from self-defeating cycles, thereby establishing healthier relational patterns.
I remain in a humbled position of constant learning and perpetual inquiry. Every relational interaction with another, whether personal or professional, brief or ongoing, represents an opportunity to learn about myself and the other, and about the world as a whole.
I place my clients at the centre of my work and I see potential in every person, believing that every person has the ability to move towards the changes they want to see, resolve their problems and to live happy and fulfilled lives.
My theory of practice is rooted in Person Centred Therapy, which as it's name suggests places you, the client, at the heart of the journey that we take together. I also draw on my knowledge and experience of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy and Systemic theories.
I value the importance of the therapeutic relationship that we will develop between us, and value your input and feedback to strengthen the process and to enable you to feel fully engaged in your journey towards the changes you want to see in your life.
My extensive knowlede and experience equips me to provide a safe, non-judgemental environment in which you can feel supported, valued and validated. Our relationship is based on trust, confidentiality and discretion.