About

I embarked on a career in counselling following a significant personal loss and as a result of my own experience of counselling.  It was the relationship between my counsellor and I which helped me heal. Feeling understood, not judged, having my experiences validated and being trusted to find my own way forward were immensely helpful.

I am passionate about the person-centred approach and you will often find me with my head in a book or reading a paper on the subject.  I love films, especially independent and world cinema and I enjoy spending time with friends and family.  At the same time I also value solitude and like to spend time on my own.

Qualifications and Experience

I am a BACP Registered Counsellor holding a Foundation Degree in Counselling and Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

I have worked with national charity Terrence Higgins Trust and offered counselling at Ipswich based charities Lighthouse Women’s Aid and Survivors in Transition, a charity specialising in helping survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

I have experience of working with a wide variety of issues including depression | anxiety | relationship issues | domestic abuse | sexual abuse | grief | loss.  I have a special interest in trauma and working with adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

Professional Membership

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.  I have met their standards for registration and you can find me on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am also a member of BAPCA, WAPCEPC and ADPCA; organisations dedicated to promoting the person-centred approach to counselling.

Part of my commitment to ethical practice is to receive regular supervision from a qualified supervisor and I do this on a monthly basis.

Ipswich counselling | quote by Carl Rogers about the genuineness of the counsellor | The Bridge Counselling Service, Ipswich

Continuing Professional Development

In the last few years I have attended workshops on:

  • Understanding the Trauma of Premature Birth and Baby Loss
  • Men’s Issues in Psychotherapy and Counselling Today
  • Working in Private Practice with Women who have experienced Trauma and Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Trauma and the Therapeutic Relationship | Approaches to Process and Practice
  • Domestic, Sexual and Honour Based Abuse
  • Mindfulness and Mentalising
  • Working with Aspergers
  • Eating Disorders Awareness