Before deciding to train as a therapist and Counsellor I had many different jobs and spent time traveling, writing and working. Like many young people, I developed a love for the arts early in life, specifically photography and many years ago graduated from Falmouth University with a degree in Photographic Art. During my time studying I focused on photo-therapy and the benefits of creating art images and whilst I am now a keen wildlife/portrait photographer, I continue to be interested in how the arts can help us process and move beyond difficult life experiences. Having this interest led me to develop my knowledge on the therapeutic benefits of creating images by opting to train as a therapist. I first studied counselling skills and the use of the arts in therapy and went on to complete my Masters degree in Integrative Child Psychotherapy.
I am fully registered with the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education (IATE). I adhere to a strict code of ethics and attend weekly clinical supervision. I have full professional insurance cover and an up-to-date enhanced DBS (Disclosures and Barring Service) certificate.
Professional Roles and Experience
I am an Integrative Child Psychotherapist who works along side families, young adults and children in Lewes, Brighton and the surrounding area. I hold a Masters degree in Child Psychotherapy, an Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts and a Certificate in Counselling Skills, all of which I gained at The Institute for Arts and Therapy in Education, London. I have completed level one in DDP (dyadic developmental psychotherapy) under Dan Hughes and I am continuing my professional development by undertaking a psychology program.
My clinical experiences includes work within nurseries, schools, universities, professional agencies and private practice where I work with children, young people and parents individually, facilitate group work for specific needs or difficulties and provide psycho-therapeutic advocacy for children within networks. I am able to work with a wide range of personal concerns, experiences and difficulties and I welcome all children, young people and parents, as well as professionals working with vulnerable young people, i.e. adoption and fostering teams. My approach is non-directive and I offer an empathic, accepting and sensitive space where I use my experience and knowledge to support and promote wellbeing and the development of healthy relationships.
I currently work with children, young people, parents and carers each week, and alongside individual therapy appointments, I regularly work within education offering training days to staff in schools on attachment difficulties, behaviour and mental health.