My Journey

I believe that we are all trying to do the best that we can in the situation that we are in. My personal journey started at University where I encountered my own personal demons. Through a combination of self-help, therapy, and meditation I recovered and developed a strong curiosity in my own psyche and that of others.

After that, my career progressed in education and voluntary mental health sector in various roles. The experience that I gained working with others was invaluable and taught me the uniqueness of every individual and shared themes like belonging, self-worth and safety. 

I chose to train in Gestalt Psychotherapy because it brings together body, mind and emotions in the context of the wider environment. Gestalt has helped me be more fully myself in this ever-challenging modern world.

My Influences

In addition to my Gestalt Training, there are also lot of other important influences in my life. I am a painter who works primarily with acrylics on canvas ranging from abstract to figurative work. I also love music and dance. For me, Gestalt Therapy is an approach that encourages creative conversations and trying out new ways of being. I'm also very open to working with any creative material that people bring.

From my experience of working in organisations and running groups and  I have gained a real appreciation for psychological research such as neuroscience, and trauma. I am also sensitive to the struggles of equality and diversity, especially gender identity and sexuality as well as racial heritage. 

 

For my own well-being, I attend Qi Gong classes which also keeps me linked to my Chinese cultural heritage of Daoist and Buddhist philosophy. From which I value natural landscapes, seasons, and the tranquillity of being by a river or lake. 

My experience and Practice

I have worked as a counsellor in the education sector for over three years. Before that, I coordinated projects in the voluntary sector for targetted groups of vulnerable people (unpaid carers, special educational needs, care leavers etc.). During my career, I have been employed to promote Resilience, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Meditation. I integrate these aspects in my work as a therapist to support an individual from surviving to fully thriving. Below is a list of common issues that I have worked with:

  • Mental Health Diagnoses 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Low Self-Esteem

  • Racial Heritage

  • Relationship difficulties 

  • Neuro-diversity

  • Body Image

  • Gender Identity

  • Sexuality

  • Addiction

  • Caring Responsibilities 

  • Isolation/ loneliness

  • Disability

  • Personal Development

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Young People

  • Bereavement

  • Eating Disorder

  • Climate Crisis

  • Abuse current and historical

My Education and Certifications

  • The University of Southampton, Law (LLB) Hons (2011)

  • The University of West England, Counselling Skills Certificate (2016)

  • Metanoia Institute (Middlesex Uni) Gestalt Psychotherapy (ongoing - 2021)

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