I am a qualified counsellor with 14 years experience working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, bereavement, loss, abuse and personal development.
My interest in counselling began many years ago when I volunteered as a trained listener with a local bereavement charity. I began my formal training by completing a certificate in person centred counselling. I then went on to complete a BA in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Prior to and throughout my therapeutic training I worked in the public sector for many years, so have a good understanding of what it is like working for a large public organization. My role included working with Macmillan Cancer support where I gained experience supporting people who have been affected by cancer and I understand how a cancer diagnosis can be devastating to the person directly affected by the disease and by those around them.
Throughout my counselling career I have gained experience volunteering with a number of charities including:
The Alzheimer’s Society
The Bereavement counselling charity working with children and young people
The Rebound charity working with carers of individuals with addiction issues
Macmillan Cancer Support
More recently I have lived and worked in the Middle East and appreciate the unique challenges faced when relocating and integrating into a new environment and culture.
I trained as an Integrative counsellor, which means that I draw on more than one type of counselling approach. This enables me to offer a very individual experience to each client I work with.
I view my work as collaborative, each working together to bring about a positive outcome. I value the relationship that develops between counsellor and client and see this as an integral part of the counselling process.