I came to study psychology as a mature student and I think this has shaped the way I work and the choices I have made. Coming from a different country means I have become culturally sensitive, and carefully consider my own bias when working with people and I believe this helps me in my work with all my clients. My friends often say that I have a way of asking questions that is relaxed and makes it easy to open up and I guess this is one of the qualities that makes me a good therapist. It also helps that this work is my passion!
Currently I work for the NHS as a principal psychologist. I find my work extremely rewarding and over the years have been very lucky to be working with some very inspiring and highly skilled individuals who guided and taught me. From them and my clients, I have learnt to appreciate and embrace the difference, and being from a different country myself means that I do not take people’s experience for granted. I am always curious to find out more about people, their stories, environments, and how they got to where they are. I find this to be highly effective in my work.
I strongly believe in the notion that pain and suffering are an integral part of human experience. These can have most profound impact on the way we live our lives and the choices we make. Sometimes these can help enrich a person’s life, but more often they become all consuming to the point where other aspects of life become secondary. My great passion is to help people alleviate pain and suffering by making sense of what might be going on for them, and focusing, whenever possible, on making changes. I believe that you can have a life that perhaps is not pain-free entirely but one where you experience ‘pain-less’, so that you can also have space in your life for the things that are important to you.
My education and main training include (but are not limited to):
Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at City University, London;
Training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (a two-year-long course accredited by Association for CAT); and
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).