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About Me

Experience

I moved to London in 2006 and initially worked for the Royal College of Surgeons and Imperial College. In 2014, I ventured out to pursue self-employment as a freelance portrait and events photographer, which I enjoyed greatly for the good part of four years. 

 

Parallel to this, my journey into counselling started in 2011 when I was recruited to facilitate a well-established community group in the London area. This group mainly dealt with themes of ‘family estrangement’, ‘shame’ and ‘sexual orientation’. The experiences I gained here eventually led me to study Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in London, where I qualified as counsellor in 2021. Parallel to this, I also studied Psychology at Birkbeck University to deepen my understanding of the mental health sector and to explore therapy tools and models through a more scientific and evidence-based lens. 

 

In 2018, I started to work as a Mentor and Listening Volunteer for The Samaritans Helpline, a UK-wide suicide prevention charity. This, as well as my ongoing work at a local Women’s Centre, has given me unique practical insights into the unique circumstances and therapeutic needs of domestic abuse survivors, and people who at times deal with an intense sense of emptiness, overwhelm, or distress. 

 

On a personal level, I would say that my own experiences in life have been crucial in providing me with the drive, empathy, and motivation to enter the counselling profession. In retrospect, it is fair to say that it was my own circumstances and family backgrounds that have led to my interest in the counselling of clients who deal with psychological trauma, chronic illness, and any varied mental health symptoms that might be related to adverse experiences in childhood or young adulthood (e.g. depression, grief, low self-compassion, and chronic anxiety).

In recent years I have worked within the NHS as a GP practice counsellor. I have also facilitated group therapy programmes for relatives of people who died in road traffic incidents. I greatly enjoy group therapy work and am at present developing new group therapy programmes for people who have experienced a traumatic bereavement.

 

To extend my therapeutic horizon, I also complemented my existing training with body-focussed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy qualifications in 2019, and 2021. I like to approach therapy holistically, which means that I tend to look at the interconnectedness of our individual beliefs, feelings, backgrounds, environments. In my private practice, I try to welcome people from all walks of life with openness and compassion. 

Qualifications & Training

2021: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 2 Certificate

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
 

2020 - Present: MSc Integrative Psychotherapy leading to UKCP Accreditation
Metanoia Institute & Middlesex University

2020 - Present: MSc Psychology leading to BPS Accreditation
Birkbeck University

2019 - 2021: Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy leading to BACP Accreditation
Metanoia Institute

2019-2020: CertHE Psychology
Birkbeck University

2019: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level 1 Certificate
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

2018: Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills and Studies
Metanoia Institute