My interest in maternity has been life-long and personal. I began my education into the world of maternity in 2010 when I completed a year of a midwifery degree at King’s College London. At the end of that year my daughter was born, and so I stepped back from this rewarding, but time-demanding training to focus on being a mother. Having had the opportunity to be with women during their pregnancies, being present during their births and in those early postnatal weeks, I witnessed how considerate communication, and in particular the ability to truly listen, had the power to transform how a woman felt about being a mother.
The rigorous training I have undergone at the UK’s leading psychotherapy institute has equipped me in addressing the need I had observed for women to talk and be heard by a professional. As a psychotherapist I have the skills and the time to listen and be with women, and although I am not a qualified midwife, my maternity experience enables me to understand the language around this life-changing time.
My interest in maternity (pre-conception, pregnancy, postnatal, bereavement, attachment) continues to grow, and I am actively involved in the NHS as a member of my local NHS Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP), helping to improve maternity care for women and families. I regularly attend training days to enhance my psychotherapy practice, and to maintain up to date information in my specialist area.
I specialise in providing psychotherapy for women facing challenges before (preconception), during (antenatal) and after (postnatal) pregnancy. I have maternity experience within the NHS, which I combine with my psychotherapy to offer an holistic understanding of perinatal experience, including:
Becoming a mother
Pregnancy after loss