My journey into psychotherapy began in my country of origin, Spain, where I trained as a psychologist. This was a five-year course with a speciality in clinical psychology. After my degree, I decided to come to the UK and continue my training in counselling and psychotherapy. In 2002, I was awarded a Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, London and this was followed by a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy, validated by Middlesex University.
I continued in training and other self-reflective activities as part of my ongoing professional development. This included training on working with children from a Gestalt perspective, attachment theory in clinical practice at the Bowlby Institute, trauma amongst other courses.
I hold a Diploma in Clinical Supervision from the Gestalt Centre, London, and a Certificate in Couples Therapy with Relational Change and an externship in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy.
Where I’ve worked and support I’ve given
I have worked in settings including the NHS, Higher Education and the private sector, offering counselling and psychotherapy for individuals and couples for more than 20 years.
For more than 10 years, I worked in Higher Education supporting students and staff who were experiencing difficulties such as lack of confidence, low self-esteem, stress, anxiety, panic attacks and relationship issues.
I have always been interested in working with people from different cultures. A third of my work currently is with Spanish-speaking individuals and couples. Some of the issues they present are to do with living in a new country, identity, communication and relationships.
In addition to my therapy work, I provide clinical supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists from different modalities in an organisation in London and also privately.
My first supervising experience was working as a counsellor at the Women’s Health Counselling Service at St George’s NHS Trust. I taught nurses and midwives counselling skills and supervised their work.
In addition to this, I have been supervising groups and individuals in private practice since 2013.
I have been employed by the Kingston Women’s Centre since 2014 as a Group Supervisor.
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) The UK’s leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Accredited Counsellor.
Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute. The GPTI provides a framework for training and accrediting gestalt psychotherapists, trainers and supervisors.