My desire to help other people started at a young age, so for me becoming a Counsellor and Psychotherapist felt like the natural choice. I understand what it is like to feel isolated, afraid of stepping out in the world and to not have a voice.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic alliance; hearing, truly understanding a person in crisis and enabling them to feel empowered is a great privilege and I feel passionate about providing the quality of presence and reflective space required for such personal growth. Therefore, to ensure I continue to meet diverse needs, I am committed to ongoing learning and development.
Volunteering and working for a sexual abuse and rape counselling service, I provided both short-term and long-term counselling for survivors of abuse and sexual violation. Consequently, I am skilled at offering a stabilising, empathetic and sensitive approach for vulnerable people with complex and interrelated issues, including: anxiety, depression, complex trauma and PTSD, bullying, stress, personality disorder, relationship difficulties, disordered eating, low self-confidence and self-esteem.
At an addiction rehabilitation centre I co-facilitated group process and provided counselling on a one-to-one basis to promote well-being and recovery. In addition to my private practice I continue my work with both organisations.
Historically, I worked in local government and further education, where I provided emotional and academic support to young people in Hampshire, enabling them to achieve improved mental health and to reach their full potential. I volunteered for a child protection charity, empowering primary school children to recognise the signs of abuse and to identify sources of protection and support.
Interest and Professional Ethos
My experience has focused on working with survivors of rape, childhood sexual abuse and domestic abuse, trauma caused by abuse remains my area of interest. Trauma, in one capacity or another is at the root of most human suffering and is often minimised and dismissed by society.
Whatever the experience there is hope for healing through the safety of a professional relationship and quality of presence often not experienced before. Complex emotions can be uncovered, explored and managed, leading to feelings of empowerment, resilience and freedom. Fundamental changes in the healing process.
Level 5 Diploma of Higher Education, with Distinction in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
Level 4 Diploma of Higher Education, with Distinction in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Basics of Counselling
Child Protection and Safeguarding
BACP Certificate of Proficiency
I am a registered member of The British Association for counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to the professional standards set out in the Ethical Framework. To find out more about the BACP click here. To read the ethical framework click here. I hold full public liability and professional indemnity insurance.