Take2Therapy Counselling & Psychotherapy for Richmond, Twickenham, Teddington

Values-driven Coaching and Psychotherapy - across Richmond-upon-Thames and the wider UK & Europe.

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I’m a down to earth, no-drama individual, well-resourced and knowledgeable, with strong life experience - and business nous, gained from a past working life in music management, press, strategic marketing, general management and service industry directorships.

I have been regularly asked for my blue-sky thinking and to brainstorm business projects, or to provide a fair and balanced response on a challenging scenario. These abilities, I now bring to coaching sessions with clients.

I first trained to MSc level in Transactional Analysis (some may already know the Parent-Adult-Child psychotherapy model, which is often used in corporate coaching). In 2014, I added advanced training in Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) - a vital and practical, science-led therapy, which is more commonly used by psychologists, but virtually unknown to psychotherapists. I was seeking an authentic, cohesive therapy process, that was less reactive and backward looking - and more proactive and forward focused. A process that could be effective in both therapy and in professional coaching.

After a couple of years coaching, using ACT and coaching techniques gained on various trainings, I qualified in professional coaching with the PURE Coaching organisation. I now work globally with clients face-to-face online.

In 1996, after reading an article on the industrialist, Sir John Harvey Jones (the one where his wife said she'd leave him if he didn't do it...), I decided to follow in his footsteps and become "initiated" into Transcendental Meditation (TM). TM is a great approach to burnout situations, as it rests the brain completely. Since my 20s, I have also trained and experienced both Secular Mindfulness Meditation (too instructional!) and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation (the real deal). TM and Mindfulness are different approaches and can be used in different situations. You don't need a religion, a faith or belief to practice either of them.



Experience

  • 4 years private coaching practice
  • 10 years private psychotherapy practice
  • Co-owner/trustee of working industrial estate
  • Shareholder & Company Secretary of successful car-parking venture
  • 3 years p/t counsellor, ASCA (Addiction Support & Care Agency, Richmond)
  • 1 year p/t counselling in a centre for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse
  • 1 year p/t counselling clients with many different issues at the Metanoia Clinic
  • 1 year Programme Assistant, LifeWorks Community (residential Primary Addiction Rehab)
  • 3+ years Associate Director, Kingston & District PCT: Mental Health Act Manager (reviewing those who have been 'sectioned')
  • Administrating and marketing the BFSS National RE (interfaith/trans-cultural) Centre, training state school teachers in awareness, understanding and appreciation of cultural and religious difference.

  • Former Director/Shareholder of a specialist international recruitment company
  • Former General Manager of a high profile fashion manufacturing & retail company
  • Experienced hands-on manager in UK & European marketing, press and promotion for the entertainment, championship sport and manufacturing sectors.



  • Training

  • Professional, in-person (accredited) Coach training - PURE Coaching: 2018
  • Hypnotherapy training (rapid inductions) with Rory Z.
  • Coaching Certificate: 2015.
  • Advanced Acceptance & Commitment Training (ACT) (2014-2015)
  • PG Dip Transactional Analysis Psychotherapeutic Studies (Metanoia/Middlesex University)
  • Trained to MSc level in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy (Metanoia Inst)
  • Trauma Therapy (Wealdon Institute)
  • Animal Assisted Therapy (Wealdon Institute)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training (Kingston College)
  • Trainings in: Working with Couples, Working with Groups, Bodywork, Bowlby Attachment Relationships (PPA), Working with Addictions, Loss & Bereavement, Motivational Interviewing, Child Protection (ASCA)
  • Integral Model for Treating Trauma & Addiction, Addiction & Narcissism (LifeWorks)

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