My working background is within 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.
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 counselling training in Southampton, and I have worked independently since qualifying as a Counsellor. I have worked with couples and families since 2013, after successfully completing the Certificate course, and I also have experience in facilitating groups.
Bereavement counselling is one of my specialisms, and I developed an interest in this area after volunteering with 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.
At the beginning of 2017 I established my own counselling training organisation, and I will be tutoring a Certificate and Diploma level counselling course alongside my private practice.
Qualifications and Code of Ethics
I am a registered Counsellor with a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Dip.PC) (Distinction), Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Cert.HE), and 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 adhere to the National Counselling Society's Code of Ethics, and I am subject to their complaints procedure currently in force. I am listed on a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
I engage in professional development activities to keep my counselling practice up-to-date, regularly consult with a counselling Supervisor, and I am fully insured for my work.