My qualifications

I originally trained and qualified as an Integrative counsellor (I'm BACP-accredited and a senior accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society) and began practising as a trainee in 2003, qualifying in 2004. I have since qualified as an Embodied-relational therapist (a form of relational body psychotherapy), as a bereavement counsellor, a Wild therapist (a form of ecopsychology), and as a counselling and psychotherapy supervisor. I have also trained in pre and peri-natal somatic psychology work (the psychology of birth and conception) which interests me very much, and I am currently carrying on that work as a student on a two year Integrated Baby Training run by Bristol-based Conscious Embodiment, with Matthew Appleton. I am also currently training with Merete Holm Brantbjerg and Kolbjorn Vardal in working therapeutically with 'hypo response' (rather than the better known 'hyper response') in our bodies. You can see full details of my qualifications below.

I see my undergraduate and postgraduate academic training in the social sciences (anthropology, communication and cultural studies, international development, ecopsychology, economics, politics, and sociology) and my training in Buddhism as important as my therapy trainings, in terms of seeking to understand the wider systems of which we are each a part; human and other-than-human (as well, of course, as the hours I've spent in therapy as a client).

Memberships/affiliations

 

I am:

  • a friend of the Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN)

  • an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) 

  • a member of the Bristol Psychotherapy Association (BPA)

  • a member of the Body Psychotherapy Network (BPN)

  • a member of the Bristol-based Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP)

  • a member of Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA)

  • a member of the Embodied-Relational Therapy Association (ERTA)

  • a senior accredited counsellor with the National Counselling Society (NCS)

  • a member of PCSR: Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR),

       and former editor of 'Transformations' PCSR's in-house journal


My counselling/therapy and related qualifications:

I initially qualified as a counsellor in 2004 and continued to train as a relational body psychotherapist in 2008. Full details of my qualifications:

  • Certificate in Counselling

  • Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP-approved qualifying training course)

  • CRUSE Bereavement Care Bereavement Counsellor training, CRUSE, Bristol

  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Embodied-Relational therapy (a form of body-based psychotherapy) with Nick Totton.

  • Diploma in Wild therapy

  • Diploma in Clinical and Creative Supervision

  • 'The Birth Journey' an 18 month experiential residential training in pre and peri-natal psychology with Matthew Appleton and Jenni Meyer at Conscious Embodiment

  • I am a trained 'Carbon Conversations' Facilitator 

  • I am currently undertaking a further two-year pre and peri natal somatic psychology training in Integrated Baby Training, with Matthew Appleton at Conscious Embodiment

  • 'Including and Awakening Hypo Response' course with Merete Holm Brantbjerg and Kolbjorn Vardal

  • 'Seating on the Edge of an Abyss Together - including and relating to hypo-arousal'. A course with Merete Holm Brantberg and Kolbjorn Vardal, co-founders of Relational Trauma Therapy

  • I currently undertaking further pre and perinatal training with Cherionna Menzam-Sills on her course: Our Journey Here

  
In addition to my main qualifications, I have undertaken shorter courses in various forms of body-based psychotherapy, energy psychotherapy, couples counselling, Pesso Boyden work, family constellations work, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a Transactional Analysis (TA) 101 training course and sand play. I have also completed the 8 week mindfulness course run by Bangor University which was helpful in understanding the similarities and differences between mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, which I've been practising since 1995.

Other relevant qualifications:
I have an MSc in International Development and BA (Hons) in Combined Social Sciences, specialising in Development Studies (now known as International Development) and Communication Studies. I am a qualified teacher, with a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (FE and HE, specialising in Social Sciences and Humanities). I have attended several shorter business and management courses run by the University of Bristol. I am am fascinated by energy work, both as a recipient (of reiki, shiatsu and acupuncture) and in my work as a therapy practitioner and practising Reiki with friends and family.