I first became interested in becoming a Counsellor, after attending my local Cruse Bereavement Care group, back in 1991. Having two, close family bereavements, in a short space of time, I was in need of 'something'. What that 'something' was I had no idea and still don't...but I seemed to find it within the group. It helped me at a very tough time, in my life and I found myself on a remarkable, enriching and rewarding journey. So much has come from the bleakness...
A few years later I trained to become a Befriender for Cruse , embarked on two foundation courses at my local college, progressing on to a degree at Surrey University. During this time I gained additional experience in the addictions field. As part of counselling training, there is a requirement to have your own personal therapy. Helping to become aware of yourself and how you relate to others, in my view, is the very core of what counselling is about. My own personal journey was the making of me and I have not looked back since.
Since qualifying I have been in private practice, completed a teaching qualification, taught counselling and run training workshops. My committment and passion to counselling has taken me on many courses to expand my knowledge and experience and I am proud to be an Accredited member of the BACP. I am currently fulfilling my dream of writing a book...watch this space!
I consider myself to be flexible in my approach, within the counselling room, encompassing your needs and adapting to your particular circumstances. I aspire to treat everyone as an individual, embracing difference and diversity. I feel I am empathic, offering the ability to communicate understanding of your experience from your perspective. I pride myself on working with integrity, respect, competence and resilience.
BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling
Professional Graduate Certificate in Further & Higher Education (PGCE)
Sexual Abuse Counselling
Short Term Psychodynamic Counselling
Substance Misuse Counselling
I am an Accedited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy)
"One is not born. One becomes"
Simone de Beauvoir