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photo courtesy of @tayloredphotography

I have always been interested in our emotional world - how we feel about ourselves and the world around us, how we think, what makes us tick, and why we do what we do - and how these impact on our relationships with other people. This interest led me to complete non-clinical psychotherapy training at both Regent's College and the University of Kent at Canterbury. I enjoyed learning about different forms of therapy, but felt like I'd hit the jackpot when I learned about attachment theory - it really spoke to me about my own experience, but also about so many of the people I had worked with in my dietetic career.  So in 2006 I decided to take the plunge and train as an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Bowlby Centre.  I began working clinically in 2009, completed the training in 2012, and registered with the UKCP in 2014.  No doubt as a direct result of my previous dietetic experience, I am very interested in the interface between mind and body. 

Life is not all about work (or at least, shouldn't be!).  In my spare time I am a keen knitter and love listening to folk music. I love good food, wine and coffee - if all of these happen at the same time, I am in heaven!  

If you want to get to know my values and views about the world a bit more (without actually meeting me), why not follow me on social media?  See the side bar for more information about the forms of social media I engage in.

And what of my life before I became a psychotherapist?  I worked as a HCPC registered dietitian for over 20 years, the majority of which I specialised in working with people with eating disorders.  This work taught me a great many things, not least how to be with someone in physical and/or emotional distress. It also naturally stood me in good stead when I trained as a psychotherapist. 

During my time as an eating disorder dietitian, I was lucky enough to co-author two books on treating eating disorders - one for professionals & one self-help book:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders: A Comprehensive Treatment Guide
By Glenn Waller, Helen Cordery, Emma Corstorphine, Hendrik Hinrichsen, Rachel Lawson, Victoria Mountford, Katie Russell
An invaluable resource for professionals or trainees new (and old) to the area
— Rachel Woolrich, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Book Reviews (2007). Vol. 3, No. 11
Beating Your Eating Disorder: A Cognitive-Behavioral Self-Help Guide for Adult Sufferers and their Carers
By Glenn Waller, Victoria Mountford, Rachel Lawson, Emma Gray, Helen Cordery, Hendrik Hinrichsen
An excellent self-help book for adults at war with food and their bodies.
— Nancy Clark, registered dietician, USA,