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Psychologists cannot see inside your mind, but they can help you to identify your behaviours, understand where you are in life and support you in experimenting with new and improved ways to live. That is my aim, whether counselling or coaching an individual or a group.

I studied psychology while I was a mum with a young family, also working part-time teaching English.  It was really tough keeping my studies going over five years, but I was determined and I finally achieved my degree.  When the pressure was on I had to learn to take things one step at a time, by setting short-term goals alongside the long-term ones.  Bit by bit, assignment by assignment, and exam by exam, I reached my goal.

Because I struggled to do what I wanted to do, I understand some of the difficulties which go along with changing in life.  We all have a different life, but we all want connection, and we all want to belong.

The way I work is to listen.  This is my most important skill.  While listening I am also reflecting on my experience and how I can help the person in front of me.  This varies significantly, depending on the person, the context of their problem and what is going on in their life.  I work with them to understand and explore how this can change for the better. I may introduce relaxation techniques, such as breathing and visualization, in order to help with reducing anxiety and stress.  We may explore longer term issues and break them down into more manageable chunks.  Whatever we are talking about in the session, the person will leave feeling calmer and less overwhelmed by their problems.  I have a variety of techniques and approaches on which to draw.  Many years later, I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist, counselling supervisor and relational coach.

Having lived in Switzerland for over 20 years, I have a knowledge of multi-cultural communities which informs my own world view. I enjoy the challenge of change, but also have a deep understanding of the potential stress and anxiety which can inhibit change in people’s lives.

My own life experience as well as my training provide me with the tools I need to walk alongside you at times of need and provide useful insights, which will allow you to adapt your behaviour and possibly your lifestyle.

I know I am unique – and you are too! I would like to help you to discover who you are and where you want to go.

Counselling is also available to French speakers.

Education and Qualifications and Experience

Level 7 ILM Certificate in Executive Coaching                                                                     2018

E223 Case Studies in Sports Psychology                                                                                2014

MA Psychology (Counselling) Webster University, Geneva                                         2005-2008

BSc Honours Psychology (2.1) The Open University, UK                                              1995-1999

Professional Memberships

Graduate Member of British Psychological Society – Registered Member of BACP – Member AICTP

Experience

Student Services Manager                    

The Open University, Cambridge

Jan 2012-August 2017
Associate Tutor (Counselling Level 2 D240 Exploring Fear and Sadness)

The Open University, Cambridge

April 2010- Aug 2017
Therapist for Arts Workshop

Arts and Minds, Cambridge

Since Jan 2016
Psychological Support (trainee doctors East of England Deanery) Associate

Bridgeborne Psychological Services

Since July 2014
Vocational Rehabilitation and Career Coaching 2015-2017
Acting Coordinator and Adult Education Tutor (Counselling Diploma Levels 4 & 5)

Hills Road Sixth Form College (Adult Education), Cambridge

Oct 2010-Dec 2011
International Recruitment Consultant   

International Trade Centre, Geneva, Switzerland

International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyons, France

Sep-Dec 2009
MBA Careers Adviser

Judge Business School, Cambridge University, Cambridge

Jun 2008-July 2009
HR and Recruitment Officer

World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Geneva, Switzerland

September 2001-May 2008

Professional Development

• Rewind Trauma workshop, Birmingham University 2018
• ILM Level 7 Certificate in Relational Coaching 2017-18
• Existential psychotherapy workshop Emilie Van Deurzen 2015
• Certificate in Relational Supervision (Psychotherapy) 2014
• BACP Workplace Conference: Facing adversity, developing resistance 2012
• EABCT workshop: Mindfulness in Medicine and Psychology 2012
• Mindfulness training for use with clients 2010
• Pilates (Level 3) Teaching Matwork Diploma   2010