I have always had a keen interest in mental health driven by a desire to understand myself and am continually learning more about myself and my profession. I attend regular supervision sessions and attend Continual Professional Development courses. My key desire is to help people and I am drawn to working with people who have experienced trauma and disturbance. After a long career in IT and Marketing, I was able to take several years out to retrain to be a counsellor and have worked successfully several agencies helping people with a range of difficulties.
I chose to be an integrative counsellor as opposed to training in one modality which I feel would be limiting in my work. This means that I can integrate different approaches into the sessions, rather than focussing on just one approach such as CBT. I do not give advice because it is important that you make the right decisions for you. You are the best expert of you and nobody knows you better than you know yourself. I can provide you with a safe space to confidentially explore your needs without judgement and to guide you safely through the therapeutic process.
Aswell as having my private practise, I provide counselling in a Womens Support Centre to women who have been affected by the criminal justice system. Many of the women I have worked with have made huge changes to their lives and are proof that even in the face of adversity, strength can be found.
I provide workshops to Mental Health First Aiders to enhance initial training and provide further skills. In addition, I provide first line support for Mental Health First Aiders, providing emotional support and guidance on a regular basis providing robust coping strategies whilst ensuring professionalism and self care are maintained.
In my counselling practise at home I have 2 dogs who live in the house so you may hear them bark when you first arrive. They will not enter the therapy room and you will not see them.
There is a flat pathway running along a fence and this leads to the side of the house. There is a small step leading into the side door so please be aware of this if you have mobility issues or have a wheelchair. I am sensitive to the obstacles a disability can bring so please let me know if there is something I can help with to allow counselling to be accessible for you. I have single sided deafness and wear a hearing aid which enables me to hear very well. You may or may not notice my hearing aid.
These are a just a few examples of areas I have experience in:-
Depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, emotional and physical abuse, addictions, trauma, domestic violence, suicide, disabilities and discrimination, sexual identity, DID, anger management, bereavement and loss.