I was born and brought up in Bedfordshire, UK, but have lived, worked and studied in London, Copenhagen, Madrid and Montpellier. Travel is a great love of mine and I have visited and spent time in many different parts of the world over the years. This has heightened my awareness of cultural difference and my interest in working with people from a variety of backgrounds.
Counselling is my passion. I love the work that I do and never tire of finding new ways to help my clients. I am respectfully curious and am inspired by each and every one of my clients, learning so much from the richness of their lives, their experiences and their perspectives of those experiences.
For me, counselling is all about the relationship. Through my counselling work, I have learnt that I have an ability to form relationships and create a safe and comfortable space. I am warm, open, compassionate and accessible and believe that clients feel able to talk to me, often sharing with me, without fear of judgement, the most intimate parts of their lives. With every client I have seen, a bond and a warm relationship has inevitably formed and, for me, this has always felt like a privilege. Importantly and reassuringly, I have yet to meet a client for whom I couldn’t see a glimmer of light, even in the darkest of situations.
Whilst I have worked intensively with grief, bereavement and loss and specialise in this area, I am able to work with most issues including depression, anxiety and self esteem, amongst others. Also, when words are not enough, we may look at some creative techniques to complement your therapy – with your permission and desire to do so, of course.
Ideally counselling takes place face to face, however, due to current circumstances, online (Zoom or Skype) or telephone counselling offer us the opportunity to engage. I have taken relevant courses to ensure that I am up to date and current with counselling in this way.
- Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic / Integrative)
- Counselling Young People (An Introduction)
- Grief and Bereavement Counselling Diploma
- Art therapy Course
- How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer (BACP/Open University)
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
In order to be as effective as I can be for my clients, I am committed to attending regular counselling related courses, ensuring that I stay current and abreast of any developments in the field of therapy. Every bit of knowledge I acquire is another string to my bow and benefits not only my clients, but me too.
Some of the recent courses I have attended are listed below:
- Power of Focussing (Dr Greg Maddison)
- Polyvagal Theory – Neuroscience Workshop
- The Psychotherapy of Unconscious Relational Patterns – Richard Erskine PhD.
- The Tribes of Person-Centred Therapy – Mick Cooper
- Developing emotional resilience
- Breathwork for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery workshop
- Supporting & Counselling People Bereaved During the Covid-19 Pandemic
- Working with Socially Anxious Clients
- Working Creatively with Clients
- Working with complex grief (BACP)
I am a member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework.
I have full indemnity insurance.