My personal work and extensive professional training inform me how I work.
My primary psychotherapy training is in Gestalt Therapy. This training was life-changing for me. It involved four years of group therapy, individual therapy and of course, the theory and techniques central to the Gestalt approach. I am wary of therapists who have not sat in the client’s chair themselves and would encourage you to share that concern.
I trained as a Mental Health First Aid facilitator. I gained knowledge about mental health problems generally and experience in working with this subject matter with groups within workplaces during my time running these training sessions.
I follow my interests and approaches that have helped me in additional training. I have trained in Family Constellations, an experiential way of working with families and groups of people – this work can also be done individually. After working with numerous clients with extensive trauma history, I needed a ‘tool’ in my ‘tool kit’ to help support recovery and felt I was lacking in this regard. I found and studied Depth Enquiry, a powerful modality based on EMDR and the Gestalt philosophy of phenomenological awareness. I love this approach at the moment, not only for trauma but also anxiety and phobias.
On the advice of a trusted mentor, I am trained in the group action learning coaching process, which is a fantastic approach for enhancing skills development whilst building team cohesion and working on deep problem solving of a current, active problem. Further advice led me to Growth Edge coaching training which is based on the Adult Developmental model of Jennifer Gervey Berger.
As well as official training, I am passionate about professional development; stand out sessions for me included Blue Knot’s Trauma informed care, Kristen Neff’s self compassion mindfulness, Gestalt approach for working with couples and various presenter skills workshops.
More recently during the ‘lock down’ years I completed my Masters Degree in Gestalt Therapy focussing on Couples therapy.
Here is a list of my qualifications. If you have any questions, of course, you can get in touch!
Masters Gestalt Therapy
BA (Hons) Film and Media Studies with Psychology
Advanced Diploma in Gestalt Therapy
Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment
Growth Edge Coaching (currently studying)
ACDC Certificate in Mediation – completed course
Family constellations facilitator
Action Learning facilitator
Depth Enquiry training