You may wish to know a little about me before deciding whether to make contact.
I have experienced counselling myself and felt the benefits in all areas of my life, yet this was not the only reason I decided to train as a counsellor. I am a trustworthy and sociable person, with an interest in listening to and learning from others, and people often confided in me. Similarly, being there for others and supportive of others is a part of who I am.
I have a background in the public and voluntary sector. I have supported adults with complex mental health needs - in police custody, as an inpatient and out in the community, and worked on a helpline for women experiencing domestic abuse. I am a former volunteer for a county-wide chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) charity, providing support to people with all forms of the condition.
I have over 10 years experience supporting adults through bereavement and loss. My interest in this area developed through my training and volunteering with Cruse Bereavement Care. As a former bereavement services officer within Local Authority, I am familiar with the administrative and legal procedures around bereavement.
Qualifications and training
I have completed 4 years training in counselling and specific training in grief and bereavement (advanced level) and working with couples and families. My qualifications include:
I am trained in First Aid and have undertaken continuing professional development in the following areas:
I have worked independently since qualifying as a counsellor, and the person-centred approach is a philosophy I embrace in my personal life and relationships – not just with my clients.
I believe that supportive relationships provide the best environment for you to grow and change and I am committed to establishing a trusting and supportive relationship with you - one where you experience me as genuine, deeply understanding and non-judgemental.
Coming for counselling is not a sign of ‘weakness’ or ‘failure’ – it’s a way of attending to your needs (or looking after yourself). The journey can be challenging, yet many people really benefit from the experience. It can enable you to feel more confident in managing any future life difficulties.
I am registered with the Person-Centred Association (TPCA), listed on the Counselling Directory and Welldoing Directory.
I am an Accredited Professional Registrant of the National Counselling Society and I adhere to their Code of Ethical Practice.
I regularly consult with a counselling supervisor and undertake continuing professional development in the form of courses, workshops and reading.
I hold full professional liability insurance with Towergate Professionals.
I have an interest in the healing potential of music, dance and art. I keep an art journal for my own personal and professional development and I particularly like to express myself through colour.
I love connecting with nature – walking by the sea or in woodlands and listening to birds singing in the trees. I believe that being outdoors and connecting with nature can have a positive effect on our mental health.
I enjoy swimming, bowling, spending time with family and friends, and reading quotes, poems, articles and books.