About Me "Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one remembers to turn on the light" Albus Dumbledore
Thank you for taking the time to consider me as your counsellor. In order for you to feel more comfortable about working with me here is a little bit of information about myself:
I have lived in the Southwest all my life and love it! I have the added bonus of working as a counsellor in private practice in both rural and city settings. Alongside my own private practice I am a Specialist Mental Health Mentor at both Bath and Bath Spa Universities and work as an affiliate counsellor for Families for Children Adoption Agency providing individual support to adoptive parents. During the summer periods I can often be found working with young people as part of the National Citizen Service in the role of Welfare Officer/Wave Leader.
Initially working as an Early Years Manager a change of career led me to work within social care. Experiencing a diverse range of emotional situations and issues arising from childhood trauma and everyday life in both children and adults I felt drawn to train as a counsellor in order to support those seeking help and clarity in the most difficult of times. Since qualifying with a BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling I have continued to build on my knowledge by attending a variety of professional development and post graduate level courses. I have experienced counselling from both sides; as a client and a therapist and am passionate about the benefits that counselling can offer.
I have worked with both children and adults from a variety of backgrounds. This has enabled me to gain experience in a vast range of issues including:
Current and historical sexual abuse
Low self esteem
Emotional and behavioural difficulties
Experience gained from being a listener for the Rape and Sexual Abuse Helpline in Devon as well as working alongside people with autism has also underlined just how passionate I feel about counselling and support being accessible to everyone.
Counselling has enabled me to work with many amazing people experiencing difficulties in their lives and it remains a privilege to walk beside each individual as they embark on their own therapeutic journey.
As a person I am described as having a warm, caring nature with a fun sense of humour. I am honoured to work with and support others through times of stress and crises and enjoy celebrating even the smallest of achievements - a process I find immensely rewarding to be a part of.
BA (Hons) Degree in Integrative Counselling Mental Health First Aid FdA Degree in Integrative Counselling Certificate in Counselling Certificate in Understanding Anxiety,Depression and CBT (University of Reading) Certificate in Psychology and Mental Health (University of Liverpool) Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Continuing professional development courses:
Psychological Work with people with autism Sexual abuse and related issues Rape Awareness Domestic Abuse Self Harm Fabric of family - relationships Early Years Attachment issues Emotional and behavioural issues Attachment theory and neuroscience Relationship based play Introduction to Art Therapy Excercise and Mental Health Work and Mental Health Addictions and Bereavement Life stories Developing Creative practice: Enabling creative contact with clients Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice Creating a life that thrives: exploring the implications of Positve Psychology Treating anxiety and depression in children and young people
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am bound by the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions (2018). I hold professional liability insurance. I have an up to date DBS certificate and I am a registrant on the ICO register.
Please feel free to call or email if you would like to find out more or to arrange an appointment.