About Me

I came to counselling following a long term interest in psychology and what makes people tick. 

During my 17 year business career working in public, private and charitable sectors, my responsibilities were always around people: either through customer services, managing or leading others. My greatest satisfaction during this time was encouraging members of my team to achieve what they wanted from their career/life and to be the best that they could be. 

In 2011, I was fortunate to have space in my life to be able to start my counselling training. This has supported my personal development, leading me to a better understanding of myself and the ways in which I relate to others. I developed my practice further through completion of an MSc in 2018, qualifying as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.

 

My private practice enables me to offer my experience, understanding and passion for growth to others.

Experience and current practice

 

I have been in private practice since 2015 and have journeyed with many people; both young and old, male and female and questioning, with different  sexual orientations and a variety of issues.

 

Alongside my private practice, I remain as a sessional lecturer at Eastleigh College having lectured on their Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling from January - July 2018.

 

I am experienced in supporting adult survivors of child abuse, either emotional, physical or sexual, through my prior counselling work for over 3 years with Dorset Action on Abuse, now Hurting 2 Healing.

For 3 years, I counselled young people in the New Forest for It's Your Choice, a charity that supports 12-25 years old, providing short term therapy over 6 weeks. I also helped students through counselling at Southampton University for 6 months. 

Qualifications

 

In 2018, I completed my 3 year MSc in  Gestalt Psychotherapy at Metanoia Institiute in London; qualifying me as a psychotherapist,. This followed my initial counselling training at Eastleigh College, where I obtained a distinction in my Diploma in Humanistic and Gestalt Counselling.

Continuing professional development is an essential element of my ongoing practice and I have completed numerous courses including: Working alongside Trans, Non-Binary and Gender questioning people, Bereavement and Grief, Anger Management, Dissociation, Mental Health and Psychosis, Solution Focused counselling and Using Creativity in Therapy. ​

I am a member of the UK Council of Psychotherapists and an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their codes of ethics.

"Supporting you to find your way"

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