My Learning Process
My learning process is ongoing and I see it as a life-long journey. I continuously educate myself about psychology, psychotherapy and neuroscience. What I have learned so far is hidden in these (and other smaller) qualifications:
MSc. in Mental Health Studies (King's College, London)
BSc. in Psychology (Open University, London)
Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy - integration of psychodynamic and person-centred therapies (CPTA, London)
My masters’ dissertation, which investigated the effects of early school boarding on emotional functioning in adulthood, helped me gain a deeper understanding of attachment theory. It helped me understand how our attachment to significant others in early life has an impact on how we relate to ourselves and others. Being a therapist, as well as a parent, helps me see the significance of attachment in real life.
I am a Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), and so I adhere to its code of ethics.
Among other short-term and online courses that I have undertaken are Logotherapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (which falls under the umbrella of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-related Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Mindfulness. Although I draw on several forms of therapy, my work is to a large extent informed by psychodynamic concepts, which I find useful in understanding the impact of conditioning/programming in our early life on how we function today. I also increasingly use the principles of Internal Family Systems Therapy, which I see as a very powerful tool for reconnecting with, understanding and managing our internal systems.
I have Counselling & Psychotherapy Insurance and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate.