A little bit about me
I have always had a deep interest in psychology and our well-being. I am fascinated by the 'mind and body' connection and particularly interested in the impact the arts can have on our health and well-being.
I am interested in other cultures and have travelled widely. Now in hindsight, I am grateful for my wanderlust as it enabled me to experience so many different cultures, people and places.
I enjoy being creative and like to paint and write. I also like to keep healthy and enjoy Pilates, jogging (fantastic way to burn off stress!!) and yoga, I love walking in the countryside or by the sea. Another passion of mine is music and I am involved in community radio as a presenter.
My journey to becoming a counsellor was further fuelled by the various people' focused roles I have had. My experience has involved working with children in a learning support setting, with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and ADHD.
I have also worked in adult education and advice and guidance. I provided careers advice and guidance to adults, who often had long term health conditions and mental health issues to find sustainable employment. These roles provided excellent grounding for becoming a counsellor.
Telling you a 'a little bit about me' has hopefully given you an idea of me as a person and as someone that you can feel comfortable talking to as your counsellor.
As well as private practice, I am a Counsellor with Counselling for Carers (C4C), offering low cost counselling to adult carers in Devon. There I have provided counselling support to carers for a range of issues to include: depression, self-esteem issues, family and relationship issues, bereavement, anxiety, issues with hoarding and letting go, problems at work and social phobia to name some of the issues that have been explored in the counselling room.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist. To ensure safe and ethical practice Anxiety UK regularly monitor my professional qualifications, insurance, supervision, continual professional development and professional body membership and my compliance with the ethical framework and professional standards of my registered governing body the BACP (The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am fully insured and have an up to date DBS check.
CRUSE – Bereavement Care Awareness in Bereavement Care Foundation Course
ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
OCR Level 4 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
UKATA Introductory Transactional Analysis 101 Course
NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
OCR Level 3 NVQ in Advice and Guidance
NOCN Introduction to Counselling Skills
NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Equality and Diversity
Early Bird Plus Parent Support Programme - The National Autistic Society
I am committed to my own Continuing Professional Development and recently completed training in:
The Fiction of Dreams