About me and how I work
Since qualifying in 2007 I have worked as a therapist, clinical supervisor, safeguarding officer and manager of youth counselling services across the UK.
I also provide training to other therapists and mental health professionals on counselling online, safeguarding, working with young people and other topics.
I am an accredited BACP member and senior professional member of ACTO (the Association of Counselling and Therapy Online) and have formerly served on ACTO’s Board of Directors. You can find me on their register here and the BACP register of members here
As a therapist, I am always humbled by people’s capacity for renewal and recovery from profoundly challenging and painful experiences. I see my role as offering the most respectful, empathic, informed and honest therapeutic space I can.
Our experiences aren't created in isolation and are always shaped by our context: our family, our home, the beliefs that surround us. Since training, I have also completed an MSc in Psychiatric and Psychological Anthropology, giving me further skills to work with clients in examining the social and psychological factors which have shaped their experiences.
As a commentator on young people’s mental health, depression and self-harm, I have contributed to BBC and SKY news, Radio 1 Newsbeat, LBC, Capital and other news and current affairs programmes.
I have written on a variety of topics including counselling children, safeguarding, domestic abuse and sexuality. My publications include contributing chapters to a text book for student therapists and statutory health workers, ‘Working with Adults at Risk from Harm’ (Eds: Greenfields, M; Dalrymple, R; Fanning, A: published by OUP) and a chapter on ‘online supervision and managing risk in an international context’ in Online Supervision: A Handbook for Practitioners (Ed. Anne Stokes, published by Routledge)