I trained as a nurse in the 1980’s qualifying as a General Nurse as well as a Learning Difficulties Nurse and Mental Health Nurse and with specialism in diabetes nursing. I also qualified as a Person Centre counsellor before moving to the UK where I worked as a nurse in both England and Scotland before moving into diabetes research with the Heartlands NHS Trust in Birmingham.
I then moved to working as a Lecture in Nursing with University of Central England (now Birmingham City University) and developed my specialism in counselling training leading to a secondment from the University to the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham where I was the Academic Lead facilitating the development of their programmes for university accreditation and was also Programme Leader of their MSc Gestalt Psychotherapy course.
At Birmingham City University I was asked, and tasked, to introduce psychotherapy training at Master level that would provide professional accreditation. I created a particular relational approach to Integrative training. This MSc Integrative Psychotherapy programme was developed and introduced and led by me for all of the eight years of its availability.
I am completing a PhD in Dissociative Amnesia and in support of this have completed the Intensive Training in Dissociative Disorders with Kathy Steele.
I bring myr 30 years of therapeutic, supervisory and training experience to workshops that focus on trauma, dissociation and shame. In addition I have developed individual and group structures to explore therapists’ continuing theoretical development of their clinical work that supports a research based attitude and exploration (SPD).
Supervisees Professional Development
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)