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!
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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: