On a Personal Note
Honesty and openness are crucial elements of the therapeutic relationship so finding out a bit about your therapist can help you feel more comfortable when booking an appointment and opening up about your experiences. So here is a bit of information about me as person, rather than a therapist.
I have always wanted to do something to help others and from a very young age I had a genuine interest in how our brains work and what makes us who we are.
In my teenage years I had some difficult experiences that led to me wanting to support other people who may struggle going through a difficult time and I knew that the best way of doing this would be to become a counsellor. I moved out of the family home at the age of 18 and began my journey as an adult dealing with life as I never knew it before. My experiences taught me of the importance of building resilience and believing in yourself. These experiences still inform the work that I do with my clients as I aim to help them feel empowered and capable of dealing with life’s challenges.
Music, spending time outdoors and self-care are important to me and are naturally some of my own coping strategies for taking my mind off things. Reading books and humor are my main forms of relaxation and useful tools to keep my work-life balance.
On a Professional Note
I have worked and trained within the field of mental health services for more than 10 years now and I have practiced as a therapist for more than 4 years. As an integrative therapist I incorporate different approaches into my practice and tailor my approach around clients’ needs. I put a lot of emphasis on the importance of the therapeutic relationship as I recognize how important it is for clients to feel safe.
I have worked and can help with a range of issues including abuse, addictions, anger management, anxiety, bereavement, bullying, depression, loneliness, lows self-confidence, panic attacks, post-traumatic stress, relationship issues, self-harm, sexual health problems, sexuality and gender identity issues, stress, suicidal thoughts, trauma etc.
Through counselling, I can help you to explore what you're going through so that you can make better sense of your feelings. Together we can focus on whatever you feel the need to work on in your life, which can enable you to gain better insight of your experiences and find the solutions you need.
As a member of the BACP, I abide by their code of Ethics, meaning that your information would be treated confidentially.
My wide range of experience includes working for:
- Counselling services in the voluntary sector, specifically working with women survivors of domestic and sexual abuse.
- Counselling Services in the public sector (NHS), working in a Sexual Health Clinic with LGBTQ clients and people with sexual health problems.
- Working therapeutically with individuals, couples and families in private practice and for other non-profit organisations.
- Working on a helpline for children and young people up to the age of 19.
- Counselling children and young people in private practice, schools and for non-profit organisations.
I am also currently working with a non-profit organisation developing therapy intervention programmes for children and young people in both primary and secondary schools. As part of my work there I pride myself in having the opportunity to deliver these animal-assisted interventions to children in groups and to also work with them therapeutically on a 1:1 basis.
***A proud moment for me was when I recently had an opportunity to also deliver one of these sessions for HugglePets in the Community in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Qualifications and Training
My training and qualifications include:
- BSc (Hons) Psychology (Level 6) – Coventry University, 2013
- Introduction to Play Therapy Certificate – Place2Be, 2016
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Level 7) – Keele University, 2017
- Certificate in Solution Focused Brief Therapy – The Association for Psychological Therapies, 2018
- Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling (Level 9) – IC, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2020
- Diploma in Animal Assisted Therapy – Centre of Excellence, 2020
Further CPD training and professional development include:
Tree of Life Therapy Tool, Domestic Violence Awareness, Sexual Violence Awareness, Working with Trauma, Working with Diversity, LGBTQ+ Awareness, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults etc.