I began training as a holistic therapist in 2010, studying energy healing, crystal healing and two different types of Reiki healing. I’ve always believed that human beings as a whole exist in three parts, the mind, body and spirit.
It was when I began to see clients, I realised that there was more that I wanted to know, in how to support my clients. I discovered it was this drive inside me that wanted to know all of the unanswered questions I had about the pain we suffer.
In 2015, I finally allowed myself to succumb to my curiosity and began my quest to find my answers of the questions that have always fascinated me.
I initially trained in Person-Centred therapy, having completed a BACP Accredited Diploma and Foundation Degree (validated by Middlesex University), but soon discovered that people need different things from therapy. So, I went on to complete a BA Hons in Counselling, which included different theoretical approaches and this allowed me to really consider people as individual beings, integrating the other theoretical knowledge into the therapy.
No client is the same, so, each therapy takes into consideration each individual.
In fact, no session is the same, as client needs change from moment to moment.
I frequently undertake regular training courses to enhance my knowledge and understand of issues that clients bring.
I have run my own private practice for over two years.
Before that I worked for organisations supporting people suffering with or were affected by various different types of addictions. This showed me that addictions were a way of suppressing and numbing pain that is often associated from traumatic events or experiences. Trauma doesn't have to be a big life altering event, it can be a multitude of different things that occur on an emotional, mental and physical level that impact each of these parts which then have an effect on your feelings (feeling sad, depressed or anxious), your body (chronic pain and energy) and day to day life (relationships, work) and sometimes not knowing what you are feeling or experiencing or distancing from experiences.
I have worked for an organisation supporting non-abusing parents or carers of sexually abused children.
I have previously worked as an approved therapist of Anxiety UK.
Current key interest and experience
I am passionate about helping and facilitating other people to heal from trauma and get in touch and connect with their authentic selves. This could be by developing and sustaining healthier authentic relationships and establishing boundaries, reconnecting with your body and healing from sexual trauma, learning to accept and acknowledge different parts of yourself whether it be masculine/feminine or darker parts of personality which society may deem as unacceptable because they're negative thoughts or judgments towards others.
I volunteered for a number of years for the helpline for a national charity. Through my work there, I discovered that often living with conditions fertility affecting and chronic pain inducing diseases or disorders such as endometriosis, brought up feelings of not being good enough. It affected how women saw their self as not being complete, often feeling betrayed by their bodies and angry at not being able to fulfil a womanly 'duty' of reproducing. However, the chronic pain was often triggered and exacerbated by past or present traumas well as the physiological elements of the condition.
I teach counselling skills in Further Education colleges, in London, and am working towards a PGCE in Education and Training.
I have a keen interest in Group Facilitation.
I volunteer as a mentor for the University of Westminster offering support to recent graduates or students who are embarking on their careers in counselling or education.
I bring all my past and current experience into my working practice.