I studied Psychology at University gaining my degree in 2000. From there I went on to work in various roles within the legal services and insurance industries but my one true passion remained helping people who were in difficulty. In this time I took several short courses in counselling before commencing my formal training in Counselling and Psychotherapy at Temenos in Sheffield, qualifying in 2014.
Dip Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Understanding Autism, Aspergers and ADHD
Certificate in Couples Counselling
Abuse: I worked in a specialist domestic abuse service with both men and women who had experienced trauma as a result of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, either from a partner or in childhood. I offered counselling to survivors of abuse, building trust to create a safe helping relationship where they could work through complex emotions and traumatic experiences giving rise to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and mental health problems.
Autism/Aspergers: I offered specialist counselling within the NHS to adults who have been diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Supporting people in coming to an understanding of their diagnosis and what it means for them, exploration of issues around identity, social isolation, individual difference, learning disabilities, anxiety and depression, emotional regulation and management of stress.
My Current Roles
In addition to my private counselling I also work in other services offering counselling and support work.
Specialist Student Mentor: working with adults in higher education, supporting students with their mental health and well-being whilst studying.
Abuse: I work for a charity offering counselling to people who have experienced physical or sexual abuse, grooming, sex trafficking, FGM and child sexual exploitation.
Low cost counselling: I offer general counselling within a charity which offers low cost therapy to adults on low incomes.
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics.