My experience and qualifications
I am an accredited member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and member of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Over the period since starting practice in 2012, I have developed skills at delivering short, medium and long-term therapy and have worked across a range of areas, including: work-related stress, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexuality, relationship issues, low self-esteem and low confidence. In addition to seeing clients privately, I have also volunteered as a therapist at a number of Edinburgh based agencies, including: LGBT Health and Well Being, Gay Men’s Health and PF Counselling Service.
My academic qualifications include an MA in Mindfulness Based Psychotherapeutic Practice from Middlesex University and a MSc in Psychological Science (Conversion) from the University of Glasgow, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in engineering from the University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. I am committed to my ongoing professional development and am due to start a part-time PhD in counselling studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2019.
My career has seen me gradually transition over the past decade from the engineering and policy fields to the psychotherapy and counselling profession. Developing my mindfulness and awareness practice – through individual and group practice, as well as through trainings and retreats – has been integral to this journey of personal and professional change.
I first became interested in meditation and mindfulness during my engineering studies in South Africa over fifteen years ago. I travelled to the UK shortly after completing these and early in my stay, spent a number of weeks cooking, cleaning and meditating with a small community of Buddhist monks at a monastery in rural Northumberland.
It was during this time that I first learned about Core Process Psychotherapy, a mindfulness based psychotherapeutic approach that integrates mindful awareness with modern psychological theories. I have always been interested in people and with my curiosity about meditation and mindfulness, there was something about this particular therapeutic approach that really resonated with me.
I remained in the UK and spent the next decade working in the area of environmental policy development in the Scottish public sector. During this period, I also undertook part time psychotherapy studies and in 2012, started seeing clients. In early 2016 I accredited as a psychotherapist and transitioned fully into the counselling and psychotherapy field.