AI have been - and continue to be - a life-long learner and have several formal qualifications as well as informal trainings. My formal qualifications include:
MA in Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapeutic Practice
MSc in Occupational Psychology
Certificate in End-of-life Care
Masters in Business Administration
Professional Diploma in Management
Diploma in Environment & Development
I have recently (August 2018) completed over 200 hours of CPD related to pre- and perinatal psychology and am currently undertaking the APPPAH's Pre- and Perinatal Educator Certificate.
I am an accredited member of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP), a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and a member of the British Psychological Society. I am also a student member of the Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH)
I came to a realisation when I started developing myself as a therapist that I have always had an interest in and enjoyed working with people - across different organisations and in many different countries around the world.
I have managed and led small and large teams of people and have worked with many different cultures and have a working knowledge of some European languages.
As a therapist, I work in private practice. Historically, I have volunteered as a therapist for PF Counselling and Crossreach PND service in Edinburgh. In addition, I frequently co-facilitate Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) courses with CHANGES Mental Health Project in West Lothian.
I work with clients of all ages from 18 years old onwards. Clients have worked with me to discuss a wide range of issues including:
Mindfulness came into my life through the practice of martial arts in my early 20s. I became, through my trainer, more interested in the Eastern philosophies that had fascinated me since my early teens, including Buddhism and Taoism and in how these can be applied to our daily activities in life.
I started my journey in psychotherapy some 10 years ago. Having studied for a degree in psychology - prompted many years before by a teacher at school lending me a psychology book - I was looking for something that dealt with the human condition at a much deeper level, that reflected my experience of the interconnectivity of life and was attuned with Eastern philosophies.
Core Process Psychotherapy was, therefore, a natural fit and has enabled to deepen my awareness of my own process as well as given me the opportunity to support others in their exploration.