I was born in the UK and during my childhood my family emigrated to New Zealand where I was raised and educated.
My work in New Zealand was in Community Mental Health and Health Promotion (Cancer Society NZ).
After teaching English in Japan I returned to the UK, where for 15 years I worked in the field of Sexual Health and HIV. I have experience working within the NHS for Central London Action on Street Health (C.L.A.S.H) as a Health Promotion Specialist, The Steve Retson Project as a Peer Educator, and as a Sexual Health Adviser at 56 Dean Street. I have practised as a counsellor for charities, including London Friend and The Helios Foundation , as well as in private practice.
I trained as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor as I wanted to enhance my ability to work with people as they dealt with painful and complex life circumstances.
I have turned to therapy myself on a number of occasions during my life, not just for training purposes, but for support navigating difficult experiences and transitions.
For me talking therapies are a fundamentally human intervention and a process that can contribute to our wellbeing and health.
As a qualified therapist and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I adhere to their ethical guidelines and standards.
Qualifications: BA, DipGrad, AdvDip, MBACP