As a trainee clinical supervisor, I'm offering individual and group supervision at heavily reduced cost for up to 18 months to trainee and qualified practitioners, including group therapists and support group facilitators. This extends to counselling service managers and placement co-ordinators who might be interested in acquiring a supervisor for their team of counsellors and psychotherapists. If this might interest you, please do get in touch: [email protected]
I'm an experienced UKCP registered Gestalt psychotherapist and group facilitator and BACP-accredited individual and couples/relationships counsellor working in private practice and within a GP surgery, and also provide specialist therapy, workshops and group support to music industry and performing arts professionals via British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) and Help Musicians UK Music Minds Matter scheme. I'm previously an honorary psychotherapist for Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust, and a former Samaritans helpline listener.
My style is warm and empathetic. Sessions can feel reflective, with two-way dialogue; other times playful and creative. My aim is not to interpret or define you, but to support you to define yourself. Where appropriate, I incorporate creative aspects such as drawing, music, movement, dream, object and chair work. I don't give advice but focus on getting to the crux of your underlying feelings when you remove society's expectations from the picture.
I'm the author of 'How to Understand and Deal with Stress', and 'Your Mind Matters: How to Talk about Your Mental Health', published by Hachette, as well as a freelance journalist specialising in music and mental health. I'm the founder, host and producer of the music and mental health podcast Sound Affects, featured in NME's 'Podcast for the People' series and in Therapy Today. I routinely appear in the press and media on therapy/mental health related issues, including BBC, Psychologies and The Independent. I spent many years working in magazine, newspaper and journal publishing.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I was a Samaritans helpline listener for 4 years, supporting people with suicidal feelings. I also worked for Samaritans as a copywriter during their male-suicide research campaign, resulting in banners across the national railway network. I have lots of empathy in this area. I also worked as a life coach for vulnerable adult care leavers for MIND, a university counsellor for Regent's Uni, and a mental health mentor for London Met Uni.