Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS21-02377
I appreciate that considering counselling can be scary and intimidating so thank you for taking the time to read my profile. By acknowledging there is a difficulty and asking for help you have already taken the first, often hardest step. People come to counselling for many different reasons, a specific difficulty or issue, a traumatic event or experience, feeling stuck or frustrated with life, wanting to make sense of a past event, feeling anxiety, stress, or depression. Counselling can help you to explore and understand your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe, confidential, non judgemental space.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked in schools. My role became increasingly pastoral, providing emotional support for issues including bullying, family difficulties, and abuse. I felt frustrated at the lack of mental health support available. I wanted to make a difference, not just in preparing students for exams, but in being able to enjoy life. I was disillusioned with a system that values only grades, if I can raise a child’s confidence by helping them with reading and writing, what can be achieved by raising their self esteem, by listening to and valuing their thoughts, by seeing them sit a little straighter, speak a little louder, by seeing a spark in their eyes as they realise their strengths and courage in meeting life's difficulties?
For the last 3 years I have worked in a higher and further education college supporting students with issues including abuse, anxiety, autism, carer support, chronic illness and disability, depression, family issues, LGBT, relationships, self confidence, self esteem, self harm, sexuality, stress, suicidal thoughts, and trauma. Now I work with adults and young people, supporting them as they make progress through their sessions, exploring and gaining understanding of their difficulties, identifying new coping skills, strengths, and solutions, and being able to live life to their full potential.
Having been a carer for 20 years I have an interest in supporting carer and neurodivergent clients and aim to make therapy as comfortable and accessible as possible, for example accommodating sensory needs. Please get in touch to discuss how I can support you.
I offer humanistic counselling incorporating techniques from other models where it will help a client. I am currently working by phone and Zoom, and will hopefully return to face to face sessions soon. Please get in touch to arrange a free, informal chat so we can discuss your needs, I can answer any questions you may have and we can learn a little about each other, for me to hear about you and for you to consider how I may be able to help you in moving forwards. I look forward to hearing from you.
- Qualifications & ExperienceDiploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Diversity and Equality
Mental Health First Aid
Online Counselling: A Coronavirus Primer
Prevent Extremism and Radicalisation
Safeguarding and Child Protection
Suicide and Self Harm Awareness
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Childbirth: labour
- Childbirth: pregnancy
- Children / teenagers
- Cultural issues
- Divorce & Separation
- Emotional issues
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Pregnancy related issues
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Suicidal feelings
- Young people and children