I am a Humanistic Integrative Psychotherapist and Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, and for the last year, also a Supervisor. My Core Model is Transactional Analysis and being Integrative, I do draw on many theories and therapies. I was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapy and have been practicing for 6 years.
My own difficult childhood was behind the decision to begin training as a therapist – I began to realise that I didn’t need to continue being the person I was told I had to be. My own therapy of 5 years has helped change me back into the person I was supposed to be, the person I am.
Creating our organisation, I wanted to find a way to provide rapid access to low cost counselling and psychotherapy and so our Community Interest Company was formed. It is my aim to help as many people as I am able, with kindness and compassion being my focus. Moving forward, this aspiration has permitted development of various creative projects; reaching as many people as is possible.
I have practiced as a pharmacist for over 20 years, working in a wide range of sectors within the profession ranging from NHS to big companies. Whilst I know that medication can have a massive benefit on peoples' wellbeing, I also appreciate that psychotherapy can have a huge impact on mental health and emotional pain, that cannot be fully cured by drugs alone. After suffering psychologically for a large proportion of my life, I engaged in therapy for 5 years during my 30's and credit it almost entirely for my recovery. I feel proud and happy to merge my experience with A Healthy Awareness in order to enhance my practice, and to educate and guide those I work to care for.
Starting out at a young age in an enterprise IT enviroment through the apprenticeship scheme and working towards a BSc (Hons) degree I will eventually become a professional within the IT sector.
Working with a small number of businesses previously and plenty of volunteering opportunities with The Scout Association. I will be allowing my IT experience to assist Healthy Awareness develop as a Community Interest Company for their clients.