My professional experience
I am a Person-Centred Counsellor with a specialist interest in bereavement and loss, relationship issues, low self-esteem and mental health issues. I see individuals, couples and families for short-term and long-term counselling.
I enjoy group work, and beyond the counselling room I facilitate a local group for women with lived experience of mental illness. Eastleigh Women's Wellbeing Group was established in 2015, and it is well-received by members.
I have a passion for the Person-Centred Approach to counselling, and I am the founder and owner of Acorn Wells Counselling Courses. I will be tutoring the Acorn Wells Certificate course from 2018, and the Diploma course from 2019.
My knowledge in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) spans over a decade, and I volunteered for a county-wide CFS/ME charity for 6 years. I have extensive knowledge in the physical, emotional and social effects of the condition, and I have supported people with moderate and severe CFS/ME.
My background is in the public and charity sector, including Local Authority, NHS, Local Government, Solent Mind, Southampton Women's Aid, Cruse Bereavement Care, Hampshire Friends with M.E. and Together for Mental Wellbeing.
My training and qualifications
I completed my training in Southampton, and I have been awarded 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 work within 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.
Every year I engage in continuing professional development activities to keep my practice current, I regularly consult with a counselling Supervisor, and I am fully insured for my work.