Professional Experience & Practice

I offer long-term and short-term counselling as well as one-off consultations. I work with adults of all ages over 18 and students in counselling and psychotherapy training. I also have particular experience to work with undergraduate and post-graduate students having worked for more than six years as a staff member of the Bath University Student Counselling Service.

The field of counselling and psychotherapy has changed significantly in the last two decades with our understanding of the extensive research into the functioning of the brain. I am particularly interested in the neuroscience of emotions and positive psychology and how the findings can be applied in therapy. I have extended my formative training in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling with substantial additional professional training courses in Positive Neuroplasticity with Dr Rick Hanson.

What I like about this approach is the positive, affirmative direction with the aim to build mindful self-awareness and to support our strengths. It underlines the close connection between our thoughts and distressing emotional states, often the result of self-critical negative thinking and undermining self-talk that runs in the background of our minds. This running self-critical commentary judges how we are doing. It is happening mostly outside of our conscious awareness as we go about our day, leaves us with all kinds of negative inner states and affects how we deal with life. As a therapist I aim to help you to understand your unconscious processes and to support you to find and strengthen your resilience and confidence. With a more positive outlook usually clients are able to make changes for the better.


Professional courses in Positive Neuroplasticity with Rick Hanson (PhD)

Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling)

MA (Warwick University)

Second State Exam, equivalent to PGCE, Germany

First State Exam, Göttingen University, Germany

Professional Memberships

Accredited Member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

Registered member of BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Graduate Member of Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling

Associate of Abbey Practice in Bath

I practise in accordance with the ethical standards of BACP .

I am in regular professional supervision for my clinical practice.

Professional Experience

I have been counselling individuals for 20 years and have worked in a wide range of settings including in:

Bath University Student Counselling Service

A Bath GP surgery

Employee Assistance Programme for the Department of Work and Pensions

Bath City College Student Counselling Service

Approved therapist for students in Counselling and Psychotherapy training

Private Practice

Prior to becoming a counsellor I taught both in Secondary and Higher Education in Germany and the UK

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