ExperienceI have a real passion for working with people. I believe that people have the resources within themselves to overcome even the most traumatic and challenging experiences to grow, develop and move forward.
I have many years experience working with individuals and within group settings. I have worked as a careers guidance counsellor, weight management consultant and legal advisor. All of these experiences have brought me into contact with a wide and diverse range of people and have contributed to my learning and growing, both as a person and therapist.
My counselling training was at Nottingham University and my working experience as a counsellor has been gained in a wide variety of organisations. I have worked for the NHS, Nottingham Women’s Counselling Service, Notts County Council’s Young Peoples Counselling & Mediation Team, and Nottingham Rape Crisis Centre. I have been working in private practice for over 4 years.
I love working with people and the biggest satisfaction I get from my work as a counsellor is when people tell me how helpful it has been. I see what I do as being collaboration between us – I am not the expert on you, you are! This quote says it more eloquently than I could…
“Do not walk behind me, I may not lead. Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
How I workI work in a person-centred way, however, I have also studied gestalt and solution focused therapies and bring elements of that to my work with people as appropriate. I have worked with people in both short-term and long-term work and am happy to tailor the therapy offered to what is appropriate for you in your circumstances. For example I can offer a fixed length therapy course of six or ten sessions – which means you know in advance what the costs will be.
I am an accredited member of BACP and work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. This helps to ensure I work to a professional and ethical standard. To view the Ethical Framework click here.
Professional QualificationsBACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
BA (Hons) in Humanistic Counselling Practice (University of Nottingham)
Post-graduate Certificate in Trauma Studies (University of Nottingham)
Diploma in Humanistic Counselling Practice (University of Nottingham)
Certificate in Workplace Mediation (ACAS)
Currently undertaking BACP endorsed Certificate in Person-Centred Supervision