I have a background in the public and charity sector, including Local Authority, Local Government, NHS, Women's Aid, Cruse Bereavement Care and mental health charities, and I bring a lot of this experience to my counselling work.
I maintain an established counselling practice and I have experience in working with couples, families and groups. I have a particular interest in bereavement and loss and I have completed advanced level training in grief and bereavement counselling.
I have sound knowledge in Adult Mental Health, which I have acquired and developed through roles within Solent Mind, the NHS, Together for Mental Wellbeing and Rethink Mental Illness. I currently facilitate a group for women with lived experience of mental illness.
I have extensive knowledge of the physical, emotional and social effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, and I volunteered for a county-wide CFS/ME charity for over 6 years.
At the beginning of 2017, I established my own counselling training organisation, which includes developing and publishing the Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling Skills & Theory.
Ethics, training and qualifications
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society and I work within their Code of Ethical Practice. 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.
I am First-Aid trained and I have undertaken continuing professional development in Bereavement Care, Child Psychology, Health, Mental Health (various), Mindfulness, Relationships, Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.