empowering personal freedom
I passionately believe in the role of counselling, therapy and personal development enabling insight and personal growth so that people can develop the resilience, both personal and emotional, to overcome any personal difficulties and blocks. In my experience through this process people can access sometimes forgotten qualities so that they become more fully themselves and move forward to fulfil their purpose and ambitions.
My values are applied to my therapy work but as well as the other roles I have worked in. In my role as Manager of the Princes Trust Business Programme or as CEO at The Counselling Foundation, I am inspired to develop potential in colleagues, and create work cultures that feel confident with change and commercially robust. I am keen to break down the barriers and stigma to mental health and enable people and professionals to believe that the thinking in the therapy world is accessible to them and can make sense to their lives. I started my career with Barclays Bank PLC and have used the skills and opportunities I gained to pursue an exciting career as both a leader in the mental health field, and as a psychotherapist. My experience and success with clients in both organisations and in private practice gives me the confidence that I can support others to discover greater personal freedom through enquiry and insight.
I hold memberships with both the BACP (number 00603703) and UKCP ( registration number 08160253). Both are UK leading professional accreditation bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Consequently, my client agreement and practice follows guidance provided within their ethical framework, more information can be found at www.ukcp and www.bacp. My work is supported through regular clinical supervision with a UKCP accredited supervisor.
I trained at the College for Counselling and Psychotherapy in North London and graduated in 2002, as an integrative psychotherapist. Since then I run a private psychotherapy practice and I have further my training and interests in the field of gestalt therapy and neuroscience. I work in both North London and Hertfordshire.
In addition to my private practice I have held management positions in the healthcare field and business development. I believe passionately in self development and creating programmes that further well being. My business experience has fostered an advocacy in supporting individual expression through business entrepreneurship. As manager for the business programme at the Princes Trust in London and then Nationally, I led a team that motivated and enthused young people to believe in themselves, be courageous and entrepreneurial. I helped set up dozens of new small businesses.
Most recently, I have worked as CEO at The Counselling Foundation (TCF) since 2012. During this time I have supported the growth of the organisation which now provides supports over 500 people a year to access counselling across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and we employ over a 400 staff, trainees and counsellors. During this time TCF training school has doubled the number of students who join a range of education courses we offer including the BACP accredited diploma in psychodynamic counselling. Graduates use their skills to enhance the well being of the local community. In my time as CEO I have worked with the NHS in a commercial role so that TCF has been recommissioned as a leading provider of short term counselling, strengthened the management team and overseen the professionalisation of the charity including re-branding.
I started my career at Barclays Corporate Banking on the graduate programme and then progressed in managerial positions within national UK charities including The Princes Trust and Samaritans. I hold a 2:1 honours BSc in International Management from Bath University.