Before training as a counsellor I studied drama and had a career in film & television. I have always been fascinated by interactions between people, people's unique internal worlds and the connection between mind, body and spirit. I realised that I did not want to recreate what I observed and experienced on film. I wanted to see how I could be helpful to others by working in the realness of the therapeutic relationship. I feel that my life experiences enhance my work with creativity, energy, empathy and intuition.
I have provided 1-1 counselling and therapeutic group facilitation in a range of settings, including; a charity working with women and girls who have experienced domestic violence, sexual violence and/or childhood abuse, private practice, a secondary school, an NHS GP surgery, and a further education college. I provided emotional support to people for a national charity and an NHS Mental Health Trust; both roles involved working with people at times of crisis. Since changing careers, I have also worked in the NHS; with people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and physical disabilities; and for a national charity.
My approach to counselling is humanistic integrative, focusing on the therapeutic relationship and exploring ways you can express what is going on for you. I draw upon various therapeutic techniques and approaches such as Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also use creative therapy and combine other therapeutic ideas.