I am a UKCP accredited psychotherapist with experience of working in both private and not-for-profit settings. My relevant academic qualifications include:
MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University;
MSc in Psychological Science (Conversion) from The University of Glasgow.
I also have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering from South Africa. I am committed to my ongoing professional development and am currently doing a PhD in Counselling Studies at the University of Edinburgh.
In my practice, I offer a safe, non-judging and confidential therapeutic space where thoughts and feelings can be shared and explored. The therapeutic journey I believe can serve as an opportunity to uncover one’s inner resources and resilience, as well as an opportunity to discover new and more flexible ways of relating to oneself, others and life.
My psychotherapy training is in a mindfulness based approach called Core Process Psychotherapy (CPP). This particular approach integrates concepts of mindfulness and awareness with modern psychological perspectives and theories.
This approach to counselling and psychotherapy does not require you, as the client, to be familiar with what mindfulness is about. Instead, mindfulness supports me in the work that I do. My own mindfulness practice, for instance, helps bolster my resilience as a therapist. It also helps enhance the therapeutic space I provide.
Mindfulness is about bringing awareness to the present moment. Whatever arises in the here-and-now is met with compassion, warmth and non-judgement. Counsellors and psychotherapists aim to provide a therapeutic space imbued with the qualities of kindness, empathy and non-judging acceptance. Mindfulness-based psychotherapists use the principles and practice of mindful awareness to help underpin these qualities in their work.
Mindfulness also comes into the work in other ways. We may, for instance, bring awareness to what comes up in the here-and-now as we talk and explore together. This could include noticing thoughts, feelings and sensations as they arise in the present moment.
Our first meeting together is an opportunity for us to explore what has brought you to therapy and allows us to get a sense for how it might be to work together. There is no obligation to start working together after this meeting, but if we do proceed to regular therapy sessions together, then we will likely meet weekly, on the same day and at the same time.
I offer both short-term and open-ended therapy to individuals and have experience across a range of areas, including: work-related stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, relationship issues, and low self-esteem.