Before becoming a therapist..
..I worked in business for many years. I set goals, worked hard and reached a senior management position when I was relatively young. Unfortunately I pushed myself so hard I suffered burnout which is what first led me to counselling. Whilst that was a difficult period in my life, it lit a fire inside me. Having experienced the power of counselling and the positive changes it enabled me to make I knew that's where my future lay.
When I looked back at my career I realised the thing I loved most about it was connecting with people: spending time really getting to know and understand them; nurturing and empowering them to reach their full potential. Having retrained as a therapist I get to do those things I love every day, which is a great privilege.
Training and qualifications
I have a first class Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Leeds Beckett University. I am an integrative therapist, which means I am trained in a variety of therapeutic models that I integrate to meet clients individual needs. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Standards and Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I receive specialist mentoring by attending regular supervision in line with BACP guidelines. This enhances the quality of the service I offer, ensures my work meets professional standards, advances my learning, stimulates creativity, and supports me to maintain resilience and fitness to practice.
I am passionate about continually improving my counselling skills and knowledge so I read widely, regularly attend training courses and events and take part in a monthly professional development group. I also teach counselling skills in an adult learning centre.
I am fully insured and hold an advanced DBS Certificate.
When I'm not working...
...I'm mum to two primary school aged children. I have a degree in Textile Design and love getting creative. I support several local community groups and projects with sewing and face painting and nearly always have a decorating, restoration or craft project on the go.
I am an avid reader and enjoy going to the theatre.