My Background

Both my professional and personal life has given me a wealth of experience which helps me to empathic as a counsellor. I originally trained as a social worker working in mental health and drug and alcohol dependency. It soon became clear to me that behind a lot of how people were presenting and what they were struggling with lay in unresolved mental health difficulties. This was why I decided to train as a counsellor; to help work with the source of these difficulties and find other less harmful ways of coping.​

Since qualifying as a counsellor in 2014, I specialized in working with adult survivors of childhood trauma which required a long term commitment but found the courage and possibilities of recovery for clients very rewarding.

I also worked for many years, with people living with long term disability and learned how our responses to the challenges we face can make such a difference. This lead me into thinking 'ouside the box' and further self exploration and training in working with nature, creativity and mindfulness which have now formed a fundamental part of my work.

 

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). This means I adhere to the Ethical Framework for good practice and proficency.

 

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling

  • Diploma in Creative Arts Therapy

  • Diploma in Social Work

  • Professional Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Continuing Professional Development

 

  • Abuse and Trauma Counselling

  • Working with the Body in Counselling and Psychotherapy

  • Internal Family Symstems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness (MBSR)

  • Loving Kindness

  • Mindfulness Eating (MB-EAT program)

  • Walk and Talk Therapy training

  • Introduction to Ecotherapy

  • Compassion Focused therapy with Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse

  • Equality, Diversity and Anti-Oppressive Practice

  • Foundation course in Art Therapy

  • Foundation course in Dance Movement