I’ve been involved in the therapy field most of my professional life. Since starting out as a volunteer counsellor with young people, I’ve had a variety of roles. They include salaried counsellor, service manager, mediator, educator, trainer and service evaluator. For the past eleven years I’ve practiced independently as an integrative therapist and coach.
I want to create the best experience of therapy for every client I work with. This is informed by years of studying what makes therapy effective. It seems to work. My evaluation and outcome data shows my impact is roughly double the average from published studies.
Since 2005 I’ve worked as a consultant to practitioners and organisations, helping them to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of their provision. I share this passion with a professional audience in Therapy Meets Numbers, which I co-founded with a colleague.
My professional body is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I’m an accredited BACP member and listed on the BACP therapist register. I have full civil liability insurance and my client work is supervised in accordance with the requirements of BACP.
Yes, that’s really me in an earlier version. I was born and lived in Peru for the first six years of my life, which helps to explain my bond with Spain now (as well as disliking the cold and flourishing best in warmth and light). I’m fortunate enough to live and work between the UK and Spain, which is why my therapy and coaching work is done online or by phone.
Why am I a therapist? Let’s just say I took on the role of listener early, when I had less choice in the matter. I’ve since turned it to my advantage. I wasn’t a happy kid, and I was an even less happy adolescent. But I was curious, and always wanted to know how things worked. As a kid I was forever taking things apart, even if I couldn’t always get them back together.
That curiosity extended to me and led me to the psychology section of a local bookstore. Eventually that led me to training as a volunteer counsellor. In time, via some of the roles I’ve mentioned above, it’s led me where I am now. Still curious, still learning.
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