I have been working in the field of mental health for 25 years.
After my first degree I started work in London as a volunteer in a women’s mental health drop in. This service enabled women to self refer to a weekly group run by a Social Worker and volunteers like myself with an interest in supporting women with a mental health need. During this time I also trained at the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC) as a helpline worker and duty worker, supporting women and girls who had experienced abuse.
After working as a volunteer in community groups dedicated to mental health, I gained my Post Graduate Diploma in Dramatherapy which lead to me to a clinical placement at the world renowned psychiatric hospital The Maudsley in London. After this I worked as a freelance consultant working in community projects and shortly after was employed by the private psychiatric hospital The Priory as a therapist on the in-patient group programme.
During this time I gained another qualification, a diploma in Solution Focused Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. I then left The Priory to undertake some volunteer work in Africa and on my return I was fortunate enough to be asked to work with the diploma team delivering lectures and supporting and examining the students. I was also asked to join the group practice as a therapist which I did before leaving to have my daughter.
Overlapping with this time I worked in a local high school for eleven years on the safeguarding team and used my therapy knowledge to support young people with their mental health needs. I also presented to staff on subjects such as managing stress, effective communication, and solution focused techniques in the classroom. I have recently returned to present workshops for parents and students on how they can manage their stress during exam times and also to newly qualified and student teachers on how to look after themselves when undertaking a career in teaching.
I decided to leave my job at the school as I missed the client/patient contact and clinical work. It felt like the right time to return to study also, to make sure my knowledge was current and up to date. I chose the Human Givens Diploma as the teaching is underpinned by the latest psychological and neuro-scientific understandings of the mind/body connection.
I have worked freelance, in private practice and in organisations such as schools, private healthcare and the NHS. I currently work as a therapist in the field of oncology, supporting patients whilst they undergo treatment for cancer. Working in such diverse areas has given me a wealth of experience and knowledge in how to approach the mental health needs of an individual.