I graduated from Brunel university in 2010 with a Bachelor (Hons) in Psychology and Social Anthropology with Professional Development. After which I completed a Masters (with Distinction) at the University of Hong Kong, focusing on integrating Eastern and Western approaches to behavioural health. I have recently been undertaking research at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, in fulfilment of a Doctorate (DCPsych) in Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy by Professional Studies. My thesis is on the experience of living with and beyond Cushing's disease.
I have also been involved in research with Genetic Alliance UK and Rare Disease UK, producing reports and patient-centred literature such as “Experiences of Rare Diseases: Patients and Families in Wales”, “Patient involvement in clinical research: A guide for Sponsors and Investigators”, and “Patient involvement in clinical research: A guide for Patient Organisations and Patient Representatives”. More recently I have contributed to the Neuroendocrine Cancer UK "Open Conversations: Neuroendocrine Cancer and Mental Health report".
I also engage in regular Continued Professional Development. Some of the areas I have received training in include:
Mindfulness and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Grief counselling in difficult situations such as traumatic deaths and disenfranchised grief
Working with trauma
Living with and beyond cancer
I am a full clinical member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), and a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
As part of my memberships, I have also joined various special interest divisions:
Division of counselling psychology (BPS)
Division of health psychology (BPS)
I am also a registered provider with WPA, Aviva, VitalityHealth and AXA Health.