It was experiencing counselling sessions myself at different stages of my life that led me to train as a counsellor.
I became a bereavement volunteer at a hospice whilst I completed my training and I also gained experience volunteering as a counsellor with 2 charity agencies providing adult counselling. As a counsellor in those settings I worked with differing needs such as those relating to; stress, anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown and bullying.
As a qualified counsellor I have worked as a part of the family Support Team in a hospice offering counselling for the patients and their families, going on to provide bereavement support.
Grief and bereavement counselling is an area I am passionate about as I am aware that understanding and coping with the different emotions experienced as a result of grief and finding the right support can be difficult.
I have previously worked as a nurse in a variety of health care settings, and also been a midwife. This experience adds to my understanding relating to the impact of issues connected to individual health such as a long term medical condition or cancer diagnosis.
For a period of time I have lived overseas and experienced the impact of of cross cultural transition both when moving abroad and returning to the UK. How it felt to be somewhere with different norms and expectations, wondering how I would fit in and gaining a sense of acceptance and belonging. Then on returning back to the UK finding myself feeling lost and unsure of things that before were OK for me.
As a counsellor my aim is to support you to use the counselling process to find a way through difficulties you may be experiencing. To enable you to get to a better, stronger place, feel better about yourself and your situation, to discover ways you can make changes, with a positive outcome.
What I can Offer You as Your Counsellor:
I use a combination of approaches when working with my clients. My main way of working is Person Centred where you, my client, is at the centre of the work we do together, working in the 'here and now', with whatever you choose to bring into the counselling room to talk about, so you are always in control of what you share in the session.
Person Centred Counselling allows you to choose the focus and pace of the work. I believe in your potential and ability to make the right choices for yourself, regardless of my own values, beliefs and ideas.
I also use the Psychodynamic approach: working with personal life experiences from your past which may also be impacting your present way of being and life experiences. I do also use other therapeutic tools and approaches where appropriate in order to meet your needs as my client.
Counselling offers a confidential and safe space in which you can explore, with my support, your thoughts, feelings and behaviour around your personal life experiences which may be causing difficulties. I do not give advice or tell you what to do nor will I judge you for the way you think, feel and behave.
I believe the relationship between counsellor and client is vitally important for the counselling to be of help and would encourage an initial session to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you and that we can work together. Likewise if I feel I do not have the experience to support you with the issue you are coming with I will do my very best to direct you to where would best suit you.
I am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their ethical guidelines. I also hold personal indemnity insurance.