Your Haven Counselling Eating Disorders Therapy
Cambridge and Wilburton / Ely

Qualifications and Experience. me

Current Work

Integrative Counsellor and Therapist
running Your Haven Counselling Private Practice

Integrative Eating Disorders Counsellor at National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED)

A little about me

I started my training in counselling after many years of searching for a fulfilling career. I had previously qualified as a medical doctor but had put this on hold. I also completed a degree in psychology but could not find my niche. Having immersed myself in the counselling world I have not looked back.

I gained a lot of self-awareness during and after the training which together with the counselling skills and personal therapy have helped me immensely. I have learned to manage emotions which impacted my relationship with food. I am aware of and able to relate these to my triggers and I am able to sense the early signs of urges. In addition I have acquired tools such as assertive communication and saying "no".

Working as a counsellor at the University of Cambridge I was faced with many clients who had disordered eating. I was determined to learn more about their eating disorders, self-harm, dissociative states, trauma, low self-esteem, body image, perfectionist traits and how to support clients presenting with these.

I myself am constantly learning and changing in a continually changing world. I am resolute to reach out to others and to help in unravelling the areas that they are stuck in, freeing them and enabling their change.

Personal Approach

As an Integrative Counsellor and Therapist I am able to use an approach that is best suited to you as an individual and for your unique experiences.
I am trained in the following approaches:

  • Person-Centred
  • Gestalt
  • Cognitive-Behavioural
  • Psychodynamic

    and draw on these theoretical approaches depending on your needs.

  • Specialism

    My special interest is in Eating Disorders and I have vast experience working with clients with Anorexia Nervosa (AN), Bulimia Nervosa (BN) and Binge-Eating Disorders (BED). I have a Diploma in Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders from the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED) and in addition I have attended the Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders course at the National Centre for Eating Disorders (NCFED)

    Professional Qualifications

  • Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, BACP (Accred)
  • Diploma in Practitioner Skills in Eating Disorders, NCFED
  • Diploma in Working with Depression
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • Diploma in Pre-school Practice
  • BSC in Psychology
  • MBBS in Medicine
  • A minimum of 30 hours of recognised Continuous Professional Development (CPD) undertaken each year since qualifying

  • Experience

  • College Counsellor and Therapist at Bellerbys College Cambridge: Private College for International Students
  • Centre 33: Counsellor and Therapist working with 13-25 year olds
  • JHD Counselling Services: Counselling students at several University of Cambridge Colleges
  • Play Therapy sessions in Primary Schools in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • YMCA Cambridge and Peterborough: School Counsellor and Therapist for Sixth Form Students
  • Talk to Stars: Bereavement Counselling for Children and Young People
  • Family Group sessions for Families subjected to Domestic Violence
  • Assisted in Nursery Schools, Residential Rest Homes for Elderly, Mental Health Clinics for Schizophrenia and in Research Projects
  • Workshops and Talks
  • Attend regular and on-going Supervision (individual, group)

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