I am an integrative counsellor, with many years experience in therapy. I specialise in narcissistic abuse recovery having experienced the affects of this type of abuse myself. This inspired me to study my subjective experience within narcissist victim syndrome and interview other victims from a workplace perspective. This cultivated personal empowerment and provided me with the tools to help validate my clients experiences and empower them to move forwards too. As an integrative therapist I use various approaches, of which you can find out more about here; predominantly I use Humanistic, CBT and Psychodynamic therapy.
I hold a Master of Science (MSc) in Business Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) in Integrative Counselling. I have training in narcissism and victims of narcissism, bereavement and loss, domestic abuse and coercive control, low self esteem, social anxiety, dissociation, emotional intelligence and creative therapy. I have also completed various courses regarding relationship and couples therapy. I am a domestic violence champion with child and adult safeguarding training. I attend annual professional development regularly to keep up to date with new legislation and research. Some of these have recently been workplace culture, trauma and complex post traumatic stress disorder.
Master of Science (MSc) - Business Psychology
Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons) - Integrative Counselling
Level 3 Diploma - Counselling Skills
Level 2 Certificate - Counselling Skills
I began my training with Samaritans as a listener. This inspired me to study and begin my counselling career at a local hospice as a bereavement counsellor. This helped me develop a deep empathy for as individuals subjective interpretation of loss and emotional pain. This has underpinned my practise,, as predominantly I find that people are looking to manage a sense of loss, and find a happier place emotionally. I worked and trained with Women's Aid and experienced the fear and coercion that people lived on a daily basis. I experienced the normalisation of an abusive relationship trauma bond and the inability to leave a person; this could be truly debilitating and deeper intervention was always needed to understand this trauma.
This added to my passion to find healing for myself and others by working with the Echo Society who specialise in healing narcissist victims. I set up my private practise and decided to expand my knowledge to workplace narcissism and provide my expanded experience to develop a healing programme for my clients. I believe narcissism is present in all relationships and resides upon a spectrum; this can be understood and reframed within a safe honest therapeutic space; find out more here.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP Reg.339667), an Accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and comply to The British Psychological Society (BPS) who all provide an ethical framework for my profession, of which I have to adhere to. I hold a current DBS to reassure vulnerable people and their carers of my integrity.
I believe all people are valuable, no matter what gender, social background or ethic origin, and are all worthy of respect. A person's family dynamics, culture and expectations can all lead to anxiety and depression which can be hidden in the unconscious mind. I have found that connecting with a persons learning style and using visual aids such as cards, metaphors and drawings can significantly help even the adult mind to reflect on positive change.
Collaboratively, we can develop a bespoke toolkit to help you find your personal best coping strategies for a healthier wellbeing. Confidentiality, care and integrity underpin my philosophy in forming a trusting working relationship to help empower all my clients toward positive change. I have worked with people of all ages and enjoy working with young people, women and men alike.
I look forward to exploring your unique perspective together!