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. I have a background in the study of Anthropology and, as well as my work in my private practice, I worked for three years as a counsellor at Kinergy – a Bristol-based charity supporting adult survivors of sexual violence and abuse, and I volunteered for the charity Samaritans for five years, providing emotional support for those in distress or despair.
I am a firm LGBT+ ally, a feminist looking for equality across gender, and I respect and value diversity in our communities. I believe in inclusivity and the power of understanding and acknowledging our own privileges in whatever form they take. My background in studying anthropology feeds into my understanding of how counselling is a way for us to explore how we work as human beings, how we work in relationships and how we survive trauma and learn to live well.
The COVID pandemic has meant we have all had to adjust and find new ways to cope and for many of us it has been a time of tremendous grief and anxiety. I offer a safe place for anyone looking to make sense of their feelings, or find ways to cope with the cards that life is dealing. 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.
Discovering my spiritual identity / creative writing for cultivating soul.
Understanding and valuing difference.
Releasing trauma from the body.
Identity in grief exploration
Attachment- exploring resilience and choice