About & Contact
I have over 20 years experience of working as a therapist with people experiencing a wide range of mental health and emotional issues and designing and facilitating training and group work to clients, clinicians and professionals. I have worked in a variety of NHS settings including; inpatient units, community mental health teams, GP practices, a psychological therapy unit, and between 2005 and 2010 created and delivered a mental health service for students within a university student services department. I founded Catalyst East Anglia in 2010.
In all I do, I try to help people reconnect with their innate goodness and worth and capacity for moments of joy, calm and value. Often these qualities and experiences have been eclipsed or trodden down through having to learn to develop survival patterns and to be on "autopilot" in an attempt to protect us from "life" and all it's harsh realities. Sometimes, this leaves us feeling little hope and with limited choices. I believe there can be hope and we can find new strenghts and resources and make different choices, but sometimes to do this, we need a safe and caring place with another to let this truth be explored and trusted.
I am also passionate about raising awareness of mental health issues in our communities and workplaces, which is why I chose to become a MHFA (adult and youth) instructor. I am also on the MHFA England National Training Team, training instructors to deliver these courses.
I am a qualified and state registered occupational therapist registered with the Health Professions Council www.hpc-org.uk and British Association of Occupational Therapists www.cot.co.uk, a Cognitive Analytic Therapist registered with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapists www.acat.me.uk , an NLP Wellbeing Coach Practitioner and an approved Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor by MHFA England www.mhfaengland.org. I have completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher training foundation course with Mindful Academy,http://mbsr.website