DNA Counselling Psychology Counselling and Psychotherapy for Newbury and Thatcham

About Me

My therapeutic approach is integrative with a strong influence from psychodynamic and relational therapy. I also incorporate CBT and humanistic therapy. This means I work with what each client brings in a unique and individual way focusing on the therapeutic relationship as the vehicle for change. Being curious about human behavior has resulted in my career in psychology. I am registered and abide by the BPS, BACP and UKCP code of ethics

Experience

Over the past five years I have worked in a number of different clinical settings with people from all walks of life. Recently, I worked as an Employee Assistance Provider (EAP) for a large organization doing short-term counseling with staff from various companies. I also delivered a number of mental health and wellbeing workshops in many government organisations. I have worked with individuals who present with a range of mental health issues in the NHS, Counselling Services in Ealing and Wokingham and for a number of years as a Counsellor for students at the City of Oxford College.

I have a special interest in

• Depression, stress and anxiety
• Body image issues
• Relationship therapy
• PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and trauma work
• Eating disorders

Due to my interest in body image, I have chosen as the focus for my doctoral research "The experience of female patients seeking elective rhinoplasty surgery: A Narrative Inquiry”.

Education

Pending Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute accredited by Middlesex University
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute
Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, Metanoia Institute
BA (Hons) with Specialisation in Psychological Counselling, University of South Africa
Certificate of Competency in using Psychological Tests, Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service
Certificate of Completion of the Fundamentals of EGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association Model Practice)

Professional memberships

• British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): www.bacp.co.uk
• UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP): www.psychotherapy.org.uk
• British Psychological Society (BPS): www.bps.org.uk

Ongoing CPD

• Seminar: New Approaches to Working with Bodies Today – Susie Orbach
• Seminar: Traumatic Stress: Therapeutic Implications of Neuroscience Research – Dr Bessel van der Kolk
• Seminar: PTSD and Attachment Theory – Dr Felicity de Zulueta
• Seminar: The many dimensions of resilience: What can Attachment theory tell us – Professor Jeremy Holmes


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