Qualifications and experience
I qualified with a Higher Professional Diploma in Counselling in 2012, having done some prize winning research on depression, presented at the BACP Conference. I also did a Post Graduate Certificate in Gender Sexuality and Culture, to further enhance my areas of interest in Gender for both transgender and cis people. I volunteered for over seven years with different organisations including London Friend, an LGBTIQ+ and addictions charity,The Women and Girls Network, the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, Step Forward, a young people's organisation and The Place2Be, a play based project in schools .
I have a lot of experience with young people and in working with gender and sexuality in particular, and have written articles on mental health and race/whiteness for Diva magazine. I have also worked for the Safer London Foundation and specialised in advocacy for people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse and the related traumas these experiences bring with them.
My approach is client led and holistic with a focus on creative ways of exploring meaning and I also work with reference to dreams, metaphor, symbolism, and narratives or scripts.
More recently I began training in Lifespan Integration, a safe way of working therapeutically with traumatised clients, drawing on insights from neuroscience with imaginal and reparative interventions which also prevent vicarious trauma for therapists. This kind of therapy can help very disassociated clients, those with PTSD and many other difficulties. Sessions can be longer than usual because each person's response is unique as is their situation.