I have a classical education in Analytical and Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and have built upon these over the years combining them with other evidence based approaches such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Systemic Therapy; all of which are underscored by the humanistic tradition – which means that the person is always in the centre.
I am also trained and have experience in delivering executive and life coaching – which enables me to take a creative and pragmatic, time focused approach when required.
The integration of a broad range of therapies and approaches allows me to create bespoke packages of care where, for example, we might look at dream imagery during one session and then emotional regulation or distress tolerance in another.
All my programmes of care are individualised and I can adapt the approach we take in accordance with your goals and needs.
My qualifications and work experience
I am a registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health Care and Professions Council (Registration no PYL15166) (i) and I am Chartered with the British Psychological Society (CPsychol) (Registration no 036945) (ii) .
I am also an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).
Additionally, I have extensive experience in delivering a wide range of therapies and executive/life coaching as referred to in the previous section.
As a Counselling Psychologist in the NHS I worked in various settings in mental health and learning disabilities and eventually became Head of Psychology in Swansea NHS Trust and then Lead for Psychological Therapies in Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) NHS Health Board.
At the peak of my career (before taking early retirement from the NHS in 2017 with Mental Health Officer status) I was the interim Executive Director of Therapies and Health Science in ABMU Health Board for 20 months. During this time, I trained in health service management and coaching and attained a green belt in Lean and Six Sigma (transformational approaches to healthcare management).
Along the way I worked in national (Wales) working parties establishing policy and developing strategies which culminated in my writing the first draft of Matrics Cymru (national policy for the delivery of evidence based psychological therapies).
I have undertaken a number of national UK roles for the British Psychological Society (BPS) (Lead Coordinator of Training, Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology Wales and BPS lead in the New Savoy Partnership). I have also published a number of articles pertaining to Counselling Psychology and a chapter on Eating Disorders in a book (2013) entitled: Common Presenting Issues in Psychotherapeutic Practice (iii).
More latterly, I have worked in private hospitals and have branched out creatively at festivals and elsewhere to run several types of workshops – including The Psychology of Ritual, Decluttering and ‘Living Consciously’ in Rhodes.
Throughout my career I have always overseen trainees of the BPS Qualification in Counselling Psychology and have seen 20+ candidates through the process of doctoral level training.
I am an Assessor on the BPS Qualification Board and until recently I was on the BPS Board of Assessors. I also taught for many years on the Masters in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology at Swansea University.