I have been interested in counselling since early adulthood, and this interest, along with my abilities and life experiences, led me to train as a counsellor.
My core counselling training included an introduction to counselling, a 2 year Certificate course in counselling, and a 2 year Diploma course in counselling.
It may be helpful to know that I have experienced counselling myself and have felt the benefits in all areas of my life.
I have been a practising counsellor since 2011, and Azalea Counselling symbolises 'taking care of yourself' - one of the many meanings of the Azalea flower.
I work with adults (from the age of 18) and older adults, including couples and families, and I believe that my personality enables me to build solid relationships with many people.
I have a working background in the public and charity sector, and I have gained valuable knowledge and experience in bereavement, adult mental health, domestic abuse, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
I hold an advanced level Certificate in grief and bereavement counselling, and my background includes the charitable organisation Cruse Bereavement Care, and bereavement services within Local Authority.
I have sound knowledge in adult mental health, which I have acquired and developed through roles within Solent Mind, the NHS, and Together for Mental Wellbeing.
I enjoy group work, and I have facilitated bereavement support groups, and a group for women with lived experience of mental illness. I currently facilitate the women's group.
In addition to counselling, I have an interest in philosophy and spirituality, and I enjoy reading various things - quotes, poems, articles and books.
Beyond work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going swimming, and being outdoors - walking by the sea, or in woodlands, and walking my dog.
My qualifications and training
I am an accredited professional registrant of the National Counselling Society, and I have been awarded the following qualifications:
I am first-aid trained, and I have undertaken continuing professional development in Bereavement Care, Child Psychology, Health, Mental Health (various), Mindfulness, Safeguarding Children, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.