I believe if you are considering psychotherapy, of trusting the most intimate, vulnerable side of yourself to the care of a therapist, it would be helpful to know something of them, their values and something of who they are. So, a little about me… I trained in engineering in my early years. Following this I spent three years training to become qualified as a Registered General Nurse and when qualified I worked in a day surgery unit for a decade. I later trained as an Independent Mental Capacity Advocate acting on behalf of people who lacked capacity (a legal definition, as defined by the Mental Capacity Act) and faced life-changing decisions. As engaging as these jobs were, as nice as my co-workers, patients and clients were, none of this felt quite right for me. I knew I wanted to work in a field which helped people but I recognised I wasn't quite in the right place. It took till middle-age to find where I belong in the world... as a psychotherapist.
I hold a PhD from the University of Chester where I researched the unexplored area of non-sexual adult babies. I also hold an MSc in Person-Centred and Experiential psychotherapy from the Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute (of which I am a post-graduate member) a four year course with rigorous academic and personal development structure. I am a psychotherapist registered the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and my work adheres to their Codes of Ethical Practice. You can visit my UKCP profile here. Visit my LinkedIn page for more in-depth details of my education and on-going continual professional development (CPD). You can read my blog post for the Person-Centred association here.
The rules surrounding my degree and attendant qualification to become a UKCP registered psychotherapist are stringent. However, I believe it is the work I committed to in my own therapeutic journey which most supports my work as a psychotherapist, and which is why I still commit to my own therapy. Whilst your therapeutic journey is unique to you, I believe my own journey helps give me some understanding of what you may be going through.
I worked in a drug and alcohol support facility for several years, in a Cat. C male prison and for The Carers' Federation. I worked for Nottinghamshire NHS Forensic Services in the UK's largest secure psychiatric hospital for over five years, and am currently in private practice.
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