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.
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.
Part of my commitment to ethical practice is to receive regular supervision from a qualified supervisor and I do this on a monthly basis.
Continuing Professional Development
In the last few years I have attended workshops on:
- Integrating Dream Work in Counselling
- 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