I trained as a counsellor because I had been through some difficult times myself. I realised the value talking therapy could have and wanted to offer that support to others. I believe counselling offers a way for us to increase our awareness of our own experiences, gives us space to reflect on our emotions, relationships and behaviour, and can be a way to increase our self-care and look after our mental health.
My professional training was at the University of the West of England gaining a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Professional Diploma in Counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework and their practice and training standards.
As well as my work in my private practice, I have worked for three years as a counsellor at Kinergy – a Bristol-based charity supporting adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and I worked for the charity Samaritans for five years, providing emotional support for those in distress or despair.
I know how crucial it can be to feel heard and truly understood and how healing it can be to work through things with a professional.
My recent ongoing training includes:-
Dealing with Distress: Working with suicide and self-harm.
Supervision and working with gender and sexual diversity.
How to do online counselling - a coronavirus primer.
Discovering my spiritual identity / creative writing for cultivating soul.
Understanding and valuing difference.
Releasing trauma from the body.