I have spent my working life involved in helping relationships, both in a hospital and community setting.
Registered Mental Nurse - 1985 to 1996
Drug and Alcohol Counsellor - 1996 to 1997
Registered Mental Nurse - 1997 to 2000
Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling 2005 (1 year course)
Postgraduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy (Psychosexual Therapy) 2008 - 2009 (2 year course)
MSc in Relationship Therapy 2011-2012 (2 year course)
ATSAC (Association for the Treatment of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity) for the Professional Certificate in Sex Addiction completed August 2013
I have had 12 years working for Relate as a Relationship Counsellor and Psychosexual Therapist.
I have had over 4 years experience working in the NHS as a Psychosexual Therapist.
Have been involved over the last three years with work with Alban Way Children's Centre in St. Albans for Relate providing support for new mothers at two Baby Clinics in St. Albans.
Co-facilitator on training courses for a leading cancer charity dealing with enabling Health Professionals to be able to start talking about the impact of cancer and the treatment of cancer on sex with their patients.
Have been the 'separation expert' for Essentials national monthly magazine.
I am an Accredited member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) previously BASRT (British Association for Sexual and Relationship Therapy) I am bound by its Code Of Ethics and Principles of Good Practice for Members and subject to its Complaints procedures.
I have professional civil liability insurance.
I provide culturally sensitive therapy for all, including same sex couples.
Areas of Specialism
Impact of mental health issues on the couple relationship
Impact of problematic drug and alcohol use on the couple relationship
Impact of becoming parents
Impact of infertility on the couple relationship
Impact of addictive or compulsive behaviour on couple relationship
Impact of sex addiction on individuals and couples
I use an integrative approach to my work with couples or individuals in Couple Counselling.
I use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as a theoretical framework in my work with Sex Therapy.