My early interest in how the body works led to a career in Medical Research as a Cell and Molecular Biologist, working in Cambridge, London and Chicago. After a few years off when my children were young I transferred my interest from how the body works to how the mind works and re-trained as a Counsellor. After qualifying I worked as a practice counsellor and, more latterly, as a specialist trauma therapist using EMDR, within the NHS. In addition, I also worked for the Open University as a lecturer in Health Sciences. I continue to work part-time for the NHS as a psychological therapist and EMDR therapist.
In my spare time I enjoy camping, long distance walking and cycling.
Qualification and training:
I have a BSc and PhD in biomedical sciences and an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. After my basic training I completed a number of Open University modules in Psychology, as well as undertaking further training to ensure that my skill base is broad and evidence-based. Thus I have had training in a number of approaches including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy); Solution-focused therapy; Anxiety Management; Interventions with Alcohol Users; DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and EMDR (see link above).
As a research scientist a vital part of my role was to ensure that I was informed about current relevant research and to incorporate those findings into my own work. Therefore an evidence-based approach has always underpinned my professional life, and that has not changed for me since I retrained. In addition to regularly attending training seminars and workshops, I read widely to ensure that I am up to date with recent publications about effective therapeutic interventions – I feel that one of my strengths is the ability to evaluate what is published and applying it in a practical situation with my patients/clients.
It is also, of course, a requirement of both my accreditation with the BACP and the EMDR Association as well as my job within the NHS to ensure that I undertake CPD (continued professional development).