I have a background in the public and charity sector, which includes organisations such as the NHS, Local Authority, Together for Mental Wellbeing, Cruse Bereavement Care, Solent Mind and Women's Aid, and I bring a lot of this experience to my counselling work.
Because of my interest in people, personal growth, and my own experience of counselling, I decided to pursue counselling as a profession, and I have felt a deep connection to the Person-Centred Approach for over 18 years.
I qualified as a Counsellor after successfully completing the Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and I have worked independently since that time. I have an established counselling practice in Eastleigh, and I have experience in working with couples, families and groups.
I developed a particular interest in bereavement whilst undertaking my counselling placement with Cruse Bereavement Care, and in 2012 I completed advanced level training in grief and bereavement counselling. I have also facilitated bereavement support groups for adults.
I have supported mental health charities through both paid and voluntary work, and I currently facilitate Eastleigh 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, which offers a Certificate and Diploma level counselling course within the Person-Centred Approach, and I am looking forward to tutoring courses alongside my private practice.
Training, qualifications and ethics
I completed my core counselling training in Southampton, and I continue to enhance my counselling work through courses, workshops, articles and books.
In addition to the above, I have undertaken continued professional development in Bereavement Care, Child Psychology, Health, Mental Health (various), Mindfulness, Relationships, Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society, and I work within their Code of Ethics. I am also subject to their complaints procedure currently in force. I regularly consult with a counselling Supervisor, and I am fully insured for my work.