About Me

I love the process of transformation that can happen during talking therapies, both as a client and as a practitioner. Having the time and space to be open and honest about what's happening for us without worrying about being judged can be key in learning to truly understand, accept and ultimately love ourselves. Personally, being in therapy has been cathartic, productive and healing in my own life, and I feel privileged  providing that experience for others. I trained to become a Counsellor & Psychotherapist almost two decades after my first talking therapy experience, and already well into a completely different career.  

l was born in Latin America and have lived internationally for most of my life. Learning to adapt to different cultural standards from a young age helped me realise that we're all shaped not only by what happens to us, but also by the social frames that exist around us such as culture, race, religion, class, sexuality and gender identity.

I'm a Registered Member of the BACP and an Accredited Member of the NCS, and I follow both their ethical frameworks. I meet monthly with my experienced, accredited supervisor who adheres to the same guidelines, so I can ensure safe and ethical practice.  I am fully insured against public liability, and hold an updated enhanced DBS check.  I'm also an active member of the Radical Therapist Network.

Training & Qualifications

  • CPCAB L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

  • CPCAB L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

  • CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • CPCAB L5 Diploma in Counselling Adolescents (ongoing)

A sample of my most recent Continuous Professional Developments (CPD's)

  • How To Do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer (BACP & The Open University)

  • Uncertainty: An Existential Experience (Ernesto Spinelli)

  • A Matter of Death and Life (Irvin Yalom)

  • Young People and Gender Identity (Madison-Amy Webb)

  • Supporting and Counselling Bereaved People During COVID-19 (John Williams)

  • Intro to Gender Identity Workshop (Radical Therapist Network)

  • Certificate in Race, Culture & Anti-Discriminatory Practice: Core Competence Training for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (Mamood Ahmad and Sam Jamal)

  • The Healing Power of the Story (Jan Hawkins)

  • Exploring the Interface between Counselling and Mental Health Services (Rachel Freeth)

  • Muslim Mental Health in an Unequal World (Muslim Council of Britain)

  • Racial Trauma: The Path To Healing (Community Trauma Conference)

  • The Ethical Framework (Mike Worrall)

 

During my career I have noticed that we are seldom prepared to deal with life’s ordinary rites of passage, those which happen to most of us as we grow and develop:

 

  • Leaving childhood and entering adulthood

  • Finishing education and starting work

  • Learning to live independently

  • Moving in with a new partner

  • Becoming a new parent and/or an empty nester

  • Retiring from work  

  • Menopause and Andropause

 

All of these transitions are natural, yet they can leave us feeling lost because they challenge our senses of identity, community and purpose. I assist clients with these ordinary yet complex existential situations which can feel so alienating and uncomfortable, but which are also rich opportunities for discovery and reinvention.

 

Some of the issues I work with regularly in my practice are:

  • Depression & Anxiety

  • Discrimination

  • Endings and Transitions

  • Existential Angst

  • Gender Identity

  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement

  • Growth and Change

  • Islamophobia

  • LGBTQ+ Issues & Homophobia

  • Neurodiversity

  • Otherness

  • Racism

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Self-Esteem

  • Self-Harm

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Transphobia

  • Trauma

  • Xenophobia

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