What attracted you to become a therapist?
It happened quite naturally, people always seemed to talk to me and I enjoyed listening and being there for them. My own life experiences also had an impact on me making the decision to train as a therapist.
Where did you train?
Regents University, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling
What sort of people do you usually see?
I specialise in bereavement and loss, particularly traumatic loss such as suicide so I see a lot of people with this presentation. I have a variety of clients however, and a mixture of short-term and long-term work.
What do you like about being a therapist?
It's a privilege to be able to be with someone in their time of need and difficulty, and seeing the shift within them that working through those issues can bring.
What is less pleasant?
Other people’s assumptions about what being a therapist means.
Do you ever recommend books or apps to clients?
Yes, apps like Calm and Headspace. Books are usually about grief, such as The Courage to Grieve by Judy Tatelbaum, A Grief Observed by C.S.Lewis, No Time to Say Goodbye by Carla Fine and Why People Die by Suicide by Thomas Joiner
What you do for your own mental health?
Meditation, yoga and walking.
You are a therapist in Bexleyheath, Kent. What can you share with us about seeing clients in this area?
There is no typical type of client. I see people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, and gender. Some client travel from neighbouring towns as Bexleyheath is quite easy to get to.
What’s your consultation room like?
Currently I hire a room in a Salt Therapy Clinic. It is a cosy room that is multi-purpose and used by a massage therapist too. (I am currently looking for an alternative location in the same area).
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That therapy it is not giving advice and they will not be told what to do. And that therapy can be empowering.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?