EXPERIENCE & INTERESTS
I am a private psychotherapist, counsellor, supervisor, consultant, coach, mentor and trainer familiar with and trained in many talking and trauma modalities. I am an approved practitioner by Healthcare RM (Health Risk Management) and affiliate counsellor for Health Assurer (Employment Assistance Program and Occupational Health Provider) in the UK.
I have thousands of clinical practice hours working in a GP practice and agencies specialising in loss and various types of abuse (emotional, physical, sexual, domestic, rape), postnatal depression and spinal injuries providing both short and long-term work. For many years I delivered and managed a successful trauma service for abused victims in Scotland. I was consulted by Politicians on the Scottish Government’s approach towards survivors of childhood abuse.
Coming from a medical background as a physician my special interest lies in somatic dissociation (Chronic Pain, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Non-epileptic Seizures, etc.), performance therapy (sport, art, acting and singing) and how psychological issues affect physical health and vice versa. I like bridging the gap between medicine and psychotherapy and take a holistic approach towards the clients.
I am happily married with 3 children, love watching theatre, going to the cinema and rugby. I have travelled extensively around the world and have lived in many countries so I am well aware of the difference and diversity of people.
QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
The University of Strathclyde, Certificate in Person-Centred Couple Therapy (Advanced Professional Training)
Certificate in Creative Supervision with Jenny Biancardi accredited by BPA (British Psychodrama Association), organisational members of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)
The University of Stirling, Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (person-centred approach) validated by BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
The University of Edinburgh, Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (dialogue between the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches) validated by COSCA (Scotland's Professional Body for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Oxford College, Diploma in Counselling (distinction)
Institute of Transactional Analysis, Training in Transactional Analysis 101
Comprehensive Resource Training with Lisa Schwarz (Basic, Advanced CRM with Core Self, Case Conceptualisation & Treatment of DDNOS & DID, Transgenerational Trauma & Intensive)
Internal Family Systems with Dr Richard Schwartz and Dr Frank Anderson (in progress)
Dr Bessel van der Kolk's Intensive Trauma Treatment Course
Brainspotting Training with Dr David Grand (phases 1, 2, 3 & Intensive)
Somatic Trauma Training with Babette Rothschild (3 Modules)
I am a member of professional body, BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and follow their ethical framework for good practice.
To find out more, please follow the link:
BACP ethical framework 2013