Qualifications as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist
I am an Integrative Psychotherapist with 23 years experience, and I initially trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education in London. I then went on to undertake a masters in counselling psychology (from a postmodern and Lacanian psychoanalytic perspective) at the University of Sussex. I also hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy (from the Whittington NHS Hospital).
Membership of professional bodies
- Registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). See their Code of Ethics.
- Senior Accredited Practitioner with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). See their Ethical Framework.
- Registered as an independent practitioner on the UK Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP).
Professional ExperienceBefore training as a psychotherapist I worked in special needs and direct access housing in both London and Southampton. I have been seeing clients for individual counselling and psychotherapy for the past 23 years and have worked as a therapist in a wide range of settings (including primary care, an NHS psychotherapy outpatients department, a University student counselling service and various voluntary counselling organisations). I have been involved with the training of counsellors and psychotherapists for the past 20 years and am currently a Senior Lecturer on an MSc in Therapeutic Counselling at a London-based University (this course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
2003: edited 'Clinical Counselling in Voluntary and Community Settings' (Routledge)
2006: (Lees & Stimpson) chapter 'A Psychodynamic Perspective on Suicide', in Stephen Palmer's edited book : 'Suicide : Strategies and Interventions for Reduction and Prevention' (Routledge).