Prior to life as a counsellor, I have always worked in the public or third sectors, working for charities such as Mind, Shelter UK and the Citizen's Advice Bureau. I felt passionate about supporting people that felt unable to get their ideas, wishes and rights expressed freely, often because they'd experienced adverse circumstances and/or struggled with their mental health.
Time spent in the advocate role, gave me an insight into how anxiety and depression can really impact a person's self identity and consequently an ability to focus and function in society. Poor mental health can adversely impact our performance at work, our personal and professional relationships and overall feelings about our self worth and overall value to others.
I decided to train as a counsellor to better understand the root causes to anxiety and depression so that I could continue to help people to better understand and manage their mental health, enabling them to feel more confident about living a true and authentic life.
I have also experienced personal therapy, which I found to be life changing. I therefore, understand how hard it can be to approach a stranger in order to start exploring difficult and painful feelings. I appreciate how vulnerable this may make you feel which is why it is important that we build a relationship in which you feel safe and supported.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I also have indemnity insurance and a DBS.
I have on-going clinical supervision and regularly attend courses, and keep up to date with research to enhance my knowledge and professionalism.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am qualified in the following: