Why I Am a Therapist and Coach
My transition into coaching psychology and therapy started with two very different experiences in my twenties. I had a successful career and seemingly happy life, but was also struggling for a long time to support someone with severe mental health issues. This gave me an insight into the nature and complexity of mental wellbeing and mental health, and I read and learned a great deal about these subjects.
In the same decade I attended a management course at Cranfield Business School which explored the psychology of leadership and prompted my own further study into the factors affecting management and leadership performance. These two experiences are the foundation of a lifelong interest in people and how we function, both at work and in life.
Later, I used this interest and understanding to build a successful business providing consultancy, change management and coaching services to large companies, primarily in the City of London. In this period I was often in roles with leadership responsibility for large international teams of people delivering complex business systems, and my greatest interest lay in supporting people to do their best work.
During this time I invested in my own self awareness and personal growth through periods of therapy, coaching and training that I found hugely beneficial. One concern for me was an issue with food and weight, and my difficulties in that area have given me a particular awareness of the unhappiness that this can cause.
Today I am privileged to enjoy a wonderful variety of work supporting people who are looking for
I believe that my varied background and training enable me to bring a fresh perspective and a wide range of skills to my work.
I am a registered member of both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the Association for Coaching (AfC). These are the principal professional bodies in the UK for counselling and coaching; they have verified my qualifications and experience and have awarded me full memberships. Both organisations have Codes of Ethics, and I am committed to working within these.
In addition to my private practice, I am a volunteer Counsellor with a local charity, and Trustee and Director of a charity providing child, young adult and family support services. I am also Director of Weightsense Therapy & Support, a social enterprise which provides support for people struggling with issues related to weight and eating habits.