I am a registered and accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
BSc (Hons) Psychology (Open)
PG Dip. Counselling (Person Centred Therapy)
PG Dip. Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
I am passionate about equality for those with mental health issues and disability and have invested a lot of my professional life helping older people. I aim always to challenge stigma and discrimination. My initial counselling work, 24 years ago, entailed working with people who were struggling with alcohol and/or drug issues. From there, I went on to work for many years as a Student Counsellor within a large educational establishment. Here I gained an extensive breadth of counselling experience by working with people, of all ages, who had a wide range of both ability and disability.
Together with general mental health issues, I also work with people with a diagnosis of both Epilepsy and Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD). Alongside this I support individuals and family members of those who have been diagnosed with life limiting illnesses including Cancer and Motor Neuron Disease.
Because everyone is a unique individual, I work with each person in a different way, working in the moment with whatever seems appropriate for that client. The ethos of my work is to be receptive, honest and openly reflective with all my clients.
Alongside working in my private practice, I am a trainer in Relationship First Aid and Non Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD)