|Membership Class:||Full Member|
|UKAHPP Member No:||498|
|UKAHPP Accreditations:||Psychotherapeutic Counsellor|
|Works with:||Individuals, Groups|
|Working Styles:||Phone, Email, Skype|
Hello and welcome to my profile! I am glad to introduce myself to you, as I love my work and think therapy is healing and can provide good recovery tools. I have been working as a counsellor for several years and have 15 years experience in the field of psychology. My interests lie with authenticity in the relationship that exists between client and therapist to help heal previous miscommunication or missed opportunities to nurture love and care between two or more people (a group, family etc). I also have interests in cultural aspects of therapy, being multi-cultural myself, speaking several languages, I am familiar with the lost-in-translation feelings that occur during transitions.
My experience and traning are mainly UK-based, although my psychology background has included multi-disciplinary work in Africa and France, and my counselling experience have been in multi-cultural settings where I have encountered people from close as well as distant countries. I believe narrative therapy and story telling are an essential part of healthy living and I am interested in the ability to explore and develop this skill. I have particularly focussed on this when working with survivors of traumatic experiences. I also believe that we all have a story to tell, and that we do not always get a chance to glue the pieces together and tell it. This is hugely important and soothing in the therapeutic process.
Other strong influences on my work have been: mind-body work, I have enjoyed working with colleagues who are body therapist and have incorporated some breathing, moaiku rost, yoga and stretching exercises to improve psychological well being. Organizing oneself in a bodily way is often crucial for self-care.
The second big influence in my work is my love for group work – I have experience running therapy groups and the recent women’s psychotherapy group made up of asylum seelkers and refugees. I very much like the quote: ‘You need a village to heal’. A group takes clients and their therapists back to the basics, we are not meant to live alone. Surviving is merely a defence mechanisms, albeit very much needed and invaluable.
I have recently relocated to Singapore, and am now an online therapy practitioner, and I am enthusiastically carrying on with my humanistic gestalt practice in Singapore and online.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on [email protected]
Training, Qualifications and Experience
I initially trained as a psychologist with interests in language and perception accross cultures and species, and have atained a doctorate in the field of developmental and cross-cultural psychology at the University of London (Goldsmiths). I chose to further my training as a therapist to complement my interests and get more of a feel for working interpersonally (Gestalt Centre and London Met University). I am happy that I made that choice as I am fulfilled in my work, knowing that today I am doing what I love, but I also have a lot of appreciation for ‘Obliquity’, the fact that what we do, does not always (mostly does not) lead us to the goal we had envisaged and that our actions contribute to our lives in a non-linear ways (like transferable skills do!).
I find that therapy involves many research projects on the subject of emotion and feelings. As a therapist I am constantly reading and keeping up to date with recent work and delve into subjects I find useful for my practice with clients. I also take part in continuous self-development (specialist strands in my work) and am extremely committed to therapy and supervision as part of my ongoing work.
My previous experience as a therapist involves work in two bereavement centres (CCIWBS, and WBS), and work in a human rights organization (Helen Bamber Foundation). In parallel I have been a Lecturer at Citylit and Birkbeck, and have been a Lecturer and Course Convenor at Goldsmiths since 2009 where I am currently on leave due to my relocation.
Below is some more formal information about DAG clinic established in London, but now located in Singapore where I do a lot of work ONLINE.
The clinicâ€™s philosophy is to provide you with a safe, confidential space to talk, explore, heal and grow. In therapy you will explore your areas of difficulty, gain relief from present symptoms and develop resources to cope in the future.
The clinic takes a wider approach and believes in a mind-body connection so that improvements in psychological well-being translate into physical vitality. The benefits of psychotherapy and counselling work include self-insight, inner fulfillment, raised self-esteem, a positive outlook and improved relationships.
The clinic offers therapy in various languages which include English, French and Dutch, so that clients can benefit from using their mother tongue as this improves the depth of therapeutic work.
The Clinicâ€™s Therapy Services are:
Short-term therapy focusing on anxiety, phobia, confusion, panic, effects of bereavement, life transitions, troubled state of mind, weight management issues, work-related issues.
Long-term therapy focusing on depression, existential crisis, bereavement, childhood and/or adult traumatic experiences, abuse (verbal and/or physical), addiction and avoidance behaviours, eating issues and disorders, identity issues and others.
Generally long-term therapy focusing on loss, grief, mourning, sadness, anger, bargaining, numbing, existential questioning, search for new meaning, re-investing energy into society, continuing bonds.
Generally long-term therapy focusing on the impact of cancer diagnosis, side effects etc, relationship strains, readjustment after treatment, return to work, managing expectations, tensions arising out of treatment choices, role of carers, supporting children, survivor issues, loss and bereavement. Therapy can be appropriate at any stage.
Short or long-term therapy focusing on a variety of issues to do with raising children, founding a family, family responsibilities (provision, care, work etc), family relationships (authority, abuse, when member of family is depressed), life transitions such as antenatal and postnatal phases of childbirth.
Long-term therapy focusing on building safety within oneself, finding coping mechanisms for physical/emotional upheaval, post-traumatic symptoms, looking at symptoms of anguish, anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, and disorientation, remembering/mourning, re-investing energy in oneself and society, post-traumatic growth.
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