I was introduced to Person-Centred Counselling over 18 years ago, and I have felt a deep connection to the approach ever since. My own experience of counselling, along with my interest in people and personal development, are just a few reasons why I decided to train as a Counsellor.
I completed my core counselling training within Southampton, and I have worked independently since qualifying as a Counsellor. I have experience in working with couples, families and groups.
Bereavement counselling is one of my specialisms, and I developed an interest in this area after volunteering with the charitable organisation Cruse Bereavement Care. I completed advanced level training in grief and bereavement counselling in 2012, and I have extensive experience in grief work.
I have supported mental health charities through both paid and voluntary work, and I currently facilitate a Women’s Wellbeing group on behalf of Rethink Mental illness. I established this group in 2015, and it is very well-received by members.
My knowledge in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) spans over a decade, and I volunteered for a county-wide charity for 6 years. I have extensive knowledge of the physical, emotional and social effects of this condition, including the moderate and severe form of CFS/ME.
I have a background in the public and charity sector, including the NHS, Local Authority, Together for Mental Wellbeing, Cruse Bereavement Care, Solent Mind and Southampton Women's Aid, and I bring a lot of this experience to my counselling work.
Training, qualifications and ethics
My core counselling training included classroom-based study, supervised client work within a voluntary organisation, and my own personal therapy.
I hold a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dip.PC) (Distinction), Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Cert.HE) and Certificate in Counselling (CENTRA Counselling Level 1).
I also hold a Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling, Certificate in Crisis Counselling, Certificate in Grief and Bereavement Counselling and Certificate in Humanistic Counselling (Cert.CNS).
I am an accredited professional registrant of the National Counselling Society and I adhere to their Code of Ethics. I am also subject to their complaints procedure currently in force.
I regularly consult with a counselling Supervisor, undertake professional development activities to enhance my counselling work, and I am fully insured for my work.