I qualified as a counsellor in 2004 with a Post-graduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling from the Psychosynthesis and Education Trust in London Bridge. My training is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and the University of East London.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical framework for good practice.
During and after my training I worked for a busy voluntary sector counselling service, seeing a wide range of clients. I also have experience of counselling university students and have worked as a volunteer in a primary school for Place2Be, a charity providing counselling for children and their parents.
My professional background has given me particular experience of supporting people through bereavement and loss, depression and anxiety, and physical illness, as well as people going through life changes.
As well as counselling students, I worked for seven years in student support at a university. I therefore welcome enquiries from students who may be looking for counselling and am sometimes able to offer sessions at a lower fee.
I come from a Christian background, but would describe myself as more 'spiritual' than 'religious'. I have experience of supporting people through faith struggles, which is part of my own story. I am happy to receive enquiries from those for whom this is an issue as well as those who have experienced prejudice from within their faith community, or those seeking spiritual guidance. However, I do not regard myself as a Christian counsellor, rather as a counsellor for whom this is part of my life experience, and it would only impinge on a counselling session if it was part of what a client wanted to talk about.
My life story also includes experience of, and recovery from, depression and cancer. I have a particular interest in supporting people through these illnesses. On my current blog you can see some thoughts about my own experience of living through depression.
I have an interest in writing as a therapeutic resource, having kept my own journal for several years. I have recently done some training in the use of writing for health, wellbeing and personal transformation, and have experience of facilitating a writing group. I welcome enquiries from clients who might want to explore writing as part of the therapeutic journey.