I am a naturally optimistic and colourful individual, able to appreciate joy in my life such as my human and canine family, music, botanical painting, books, friends, gardening, and spending time out in nature. But it hasn’t always been so joyful. I have experienced a range of challenging periods throughout my life with some very dark moments that deeply affected how I viewed myself in the world. After several attempts, over many years, I thankfully ended up with a therapist who happened to be an Adlerian (based on the personality theory of Alfred Adler). Embedded in a sense of social connectedness with an existential pull to find our place in the world, the optimistic, encouraging and pragmatic nature of Adler’s philosophy made a lot of sense to me. So much so that I embarked on my own Adlerian practitioner training back in 2005. This led to continuing my education at master’s level and the recently successful completion of my studies for the degree of Doctor of Psychotherapy at Metanoia and Middlesex.
As a mother to three wonderful humans and pondering the many mistakes I have made along the way, I developed an interest in working with children and young people, not least because it dawned on me that every adult I see was once a child and teenager themselves.! I enjoy learning and challenging myself so I undertook further training which included using the creative arts, sand tray and clay therapy. I am currently undertaking a ‘clay conversations’ training to enhance my skills as a qualified clay therapist.
I also volunteer for Cruse, the bereavement charity.
I am committed to building safety with clients through connecting, compassion and caring.
I seek to empower people of all ages to know themselves, to take ownership of their lives and to be authentic in relationships.
Promote the professional development of counselors, advocate for the profession, and ensure ethical, culturally-inclusive practices that protect those using counseling services.
Doctor of Psychotherapy – Metanoia Institute & University of Middlesex
Master of Education with distinction – University of Cambridge (Cantab)
Post Graduate Diploma in Education Studies – (Cantab)
Diploma in Supervision – Cambridge Supervision Training, accredited by ASIIP
Diploma in Adlerian Counselling – ASIIP
Advanced Certificate in Adlerian Counselling – ASIIP
Certificate in Clay Therapy, accredited by PTUK
Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy, accredited by PTUK
Cruse Bereavement Volunteer ABC qualification
Level 2 child protection and safeguarding
DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy) Levels 1&2
Diploma in Trauma & Mental Health Informed Schools and Communities (Practitioner status) – TISUK
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate
Clay conversations practitioner (due to complete early 2024)
Jim Holloway has worked as a counsellor in Cambridge for over 20 years, specialising in therapy with men. He also provides supervision for all kinds of practitioners in the helping professions.