Training and experience
I am trained in Transactional Analysis (TA), a talking therapy interested in patterns of relating - both with others and within ourselves. Amongst many useful positions, TA asks how we may have adapted to formative environments as well as wondering about the early taking in of unwritten rules inherent in families and cultures. As adults, such adaptations and directives may limit the ability to be fully oneself as well as interfering with the facility to relate authentically with others.
My professional background is in the charity sector and I have also trained and worked as an artist. I now run a small therapy practice alongside a part-time role in the voluntary sector. For many years I worked in the mental health field in diverse projects including a therapeutic community model with young people leaving psychiatric inpatient care and a housing scheme for former long-term rough sleepers with mental ill health. I have also worked as a sustainable design researcher and delivered organic vegetables by bike.
In addition to the four year TA training I draw from experience of my own ongoing therapeutic journey, parenthood, and navigating the ups and downs of life. Regular clinical supervision and ongoing training ensures I meet the professional and ethical standards of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); I have full liability insurance. In addition to my therapeutic training I hold a BSc in Chemistry with Philosophy and a BA in Visual Arts Ceramics.