I am the Clinical Director of The Awareness Centre, a qualified Psychotherapist and Counsellor, Relationship & Trauma Therapist and a Clinical Supervisor. I am UKCP Accred. (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy), MBACP (Member, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and ECCac (European Association for Counselling).
UKCP Accred , MBACP, EAC
M.A. in Existential Psychotherapy & Counsellong
Clinical Director & Clinical Supervisor, The Awareness Centre
My interest in Psychotherapy began many years ago when I embarked on a philosophical journey of self-discovery to gain a better understanding of myself and life. My interests developed into the works of existential thinkers Friedrich Nietzsche and Jean Paul Sartre.The Existential approach is a philosophical method of therapy that operates on the belief that inner conflict within a person is due to that individual's confrontation with the givens of existence. At the time, I had a great need to understand my own existence and how my values gave meaning to my life.
My interests also grew into psychoanalytic theories that suggests a person's development is determined by events in early childhood. This led to an even greater interest into the work of John Bowlby, notable for his interest in child development and for his pioneering work in the attachment theory. I became curious about Gestalt therapy whose primary aim is ‘awareness.’ I found the directness of Gestalt therapy made it easier for me to support clients in acknowledging issues in the early stages of therapy.
My training as a Psychotherapist began in 2000 and I achieved a Masters Degree in Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling in 2004. Since then, I have completed post graduate studies in Couples Counselling, Group Therapy and Relationship Therapy. I also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision and a Postgraduate Diploma inTrauma Therapy.
I have many years of experience working with a wide range of psychological, emotional and mental health problems and specialise in working with depression, anxiety, trauma and couples. I am also a certified Coach and have extensive experience working in corporate environments and I am fluent in Spanish and Turkish.
I was born in London, but moved to Orange County, California, where I finished high school and completed my first degree in Latin American Studies. My interests in languages inspired me to learn Spanish and later went on to to learn Turkish too. This eventually led to me accompanying Sultan Kosen, the Tallest Man in the World, to over 15 countries as his Relationship Manager. I was also featured in the award winning documentary, ‘The Tallest man in the world, looking for love’ that aired on TLC, Discovery and Channel 4 in 2011. My earlier career included extensive work in the media industry as a Human Resources specialist.
I am a qualified Fierce Grace yoga teacher and practise several times a week. The last ten years has yielded an enormous amount of research into the positive effects of yoga on our mental health - it is now widely accepted in the medical community as a viable intervention. Yoga has helped me remain centred and my practise has allowed me to develop strong mental and physical strength, clarity of thought and a renewed sense of being.