I am a professional practitioner with substantial training and experience. I have worked in child, adolescent and adult mental health services, in learning disability services, in specialist eating disorder services, sexual health clinics, sexual abuse and sexual assault services, and in schools and colleges and in private practice.
In addition to individual and couple counselling, I also work with families and offer a consultative space for parents, informed by ‘Hand-in-Hand Parenting’ and Gordon Neufeld’s work. I offer supervision or mentoring to any person who would find it helpful to have a safe space to explore any issues that arises for them in their personal or professional life.
I come alongside my clients with a caring attentiveness, making a commitment to be a dependably real companion, honouring their journey and process. I am able and willing to go with you to the dark hidden places in your psyche. I am curious about people and interested in helping you discover your way to fulfillment and satisfaction.
I am committed to my own journey and enjoy a high level of self awareness and knowledge which I bring to therapeutic relationships. I attend to self-care as a pre-requisite to being alongside my clients. I have regular therapeutic support and supervision, and sustain my personal and professional development through participating in a wide variety of courses and workshops each year and through engaging in practices, activities, and relationships that are nourishing, stimulating and supportive.
I am open-minded and don’t have a fixed idea about ‘rights and wrongs’ or how things should be. I have a particular interest in the body, in our physical well being and how this relates to our emotions and our relationships. I love being a mother, dancing, practicing yoga, being outdoors in nature or sitting on my sofa immersed in a book.
I enjoy meeting people, discovering who they are, giving them a space to be met, to be seen, known and heard, and finding connection in whatever the moment brings whether that be in joy or sorrow, with tears or laughter. For me the counselling relationship is about respecting and valuing another human being. It is an emotionally meaningful relationship – something very special, rewarding and full of potential.