I have always loved working with people and feel lucky that I have been able to work in roles that has enabled me to support others within their journey’s of learning and personal development.
I fell into teaching after gaining a range of experience within different sectors of health and social care including mental health, learning disability, physical disability and older people. I loved being in the classroom and taught in Further education as a lecturer and department head for over 10 years.
I started counselling training after I experienced my own difficulties with anxiety resulting from work related stress and it changed my life. The process of my own personal therapy and counselling training helpd me to identify patterns I had created in my life. Having this awareness enabled me to start to make the changes I wanted. I have been working as an itegrative therapist for 10 years. I learn something from each person work with and feel privileged to be welcomed into their lives to share in their journey’s of change.
I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of people who have experienced all kinds of difficulties including bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and abuse. I have set up and run a online counselling service for an MS charity which allowed me to develop an area of specialism in Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions. I have also mentored and supported student teachers in their first steps into teaching, written and delivered various training packages and workshops and I support new and trainee therapists through supervision.
I like cooking, yoga, a good dose of comedy and growing our own veggies and fruit.
After more than 20 years in the flooring and service industry, I retrained as a counsellor in 2007, following my personal desire to work with and support people on a more personal level. Working with individuals on a daily basis allowed me to develop my ability to form relationships and understand the perspectives of the individuals I worked with. This soon became the most enjoyable part of my work.
Having spent countless hours on my knees whilst fitting carpet listening to the life story of clients that were isolated or lonely, helped me to see the benefit of just listening empathically and set me on course to retrain as a counsellor.
The training to become a counsellor was for me a life changing experience, learning the theories about how we think and feel about the world and ourselves made a lot of sense to me, applying those theories to myself and my world allowed me to change the way I saw myself and my situation. For me, reinforcing the beneficial effects of counselling on a personal level.
Since then I have had the privilege of working with many clients with a wide range of issues including work based stress, anxiety, depression, body dysmorphia , PTSD related issues, critical and terminal illness, sexual and psychological abuse, neurological conditions and relationship issues.
Our Approach to Counselling
We are trained and work as integrative therapists. We have studied the key core theories of Person Centred, Psychodynamic, CBT and TA. Working from this integrative approach, we feel, allows us to offer a deeper understanding of the influences on human experience and development, how this can affect the whole being of a person and how this in turn can influence responses to the World.
Being able to draw on the different theories in our work with clients enables us to bring a variety of perspectives that can help exploration of conflicts and problems and gain a greater understanding of where these may have originated from, what keeps them going and how they may be able to make desired changes.
Our key aims as therapists are to:
• build a trusting and supportive relationship which is based on a mutual respect which helps ensure you get the best from your sessions
• provide a safe and confidential space in which you can explore issues without judgement to help find your own solutions to your problems
• provide you with the skills and abilities to enable you to continue your journey of self healing outside of the therapy sessions
• review on a regular basis with you to ensure your needs are being met within the therapeutic relationship
Your therapy session is your space and we like to see our role as someone who is there to listen. We support and encourage as well asking the questions that can help you to really focus on your needs and wants. At times therapy can feel challenging and a little uncomfortable, however, this is a normal part of the process which your therapist will support you through. As therapists we are not able to “fix” your problems but rather to be there to help and guide you in finding the solutions that invariably lie within yourself.