BACP Registered Member no: 557556
I have lived in Southampton and worked along the south Coast of England for most of my adult life. I originally trained in fine art and in particular portrait and life painting and I still enjoy being creative.
I was aware from a very early age that alcohol was an issue in my family although it took many years to truly understand the complexities of its destruction.
Because of this I decided I wanted to train to work with others who had experienced similar issues and I decided to train as a psychotherapist
In 2004 I trained in client-centered therapy and later as a case work supervisor. I have worked in various NHS settings, including GP surgeries, forensic psychology, education and private practice and for the past 10 years I have worked in substance misuse services both as a psychotherapist and as a substance misuse worker. I have come to realise the complicated nature of addiction and this has prompted me to recently study research and I qualified with a 1st Degree in 2016.
I feel very passionate about working with people and helping to facilitate change.
BACP Registered Accredited Member no: 577588
I was born in South Africa in 1966 during the height of the Apartheid era. I emigrated to the UK with my family in 1976, my parents adamantly in search of a more peaceful and hopeful future.
Over the following years my life has spanned some extremes, including personal experience of addiction within my family and all that it brings. I eventually found myself following a career aimed at working to help those trapped in the addiction cycle and those affected by it.
In 2007 I qualified as a Humanistic Psychotherapist and gained accreditation in 2010. I have worked in many fields including rape and sexual abuse, systemic family work and advocacy roles. However, for the past 12 years I have been involved in working with addiction services. This has been as both a psychotherapist and a substance misuse worker for different organisations including the NHS. This extensive experience has given me a sound foundation of working within this field and a diverse and broad understanding of the complexities of substance misuse.