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.
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.