I have over 25 years experience working as a humanistic integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. In that time I have practiced both in the private and in the public sector. I have worked with adults, young people and children. My journey has taken me from an addictions counsellor to managing a young peoples counselling service, setting up a successful online service and on to specialising in play therapy. All the while seeing private clients with a broad range of presenting issues, providing couples and group therapy, working in occupational health and supervising other therapists. It has been a wonderful career, a privileged career and I have gained much experience, theory and knowledge along with a toolkit of skills and techniques gathered along the way.
Here are some of them..
MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling
Diploma in Counselling
Postgraduate Certificate in Therapeutic Play Skills
Emotional Freedom Techniques Training Level 3 Certificate
Online Counselling Skills Training
Life Coaching Diploma with The Centre for Excellence
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and also a member of their Coaching division. I abide by their code of ethics.
A few years ago I took a break. I needed to step back from other peoples stories and check in with myself. It felt very risky to do that. I was afraid I might disappear without my professional identity. And I did disappear - a bit - in a good way. Together with my husband we found a ruin in Brittany and have spent the last few years renovating it. At the same time I have been writing and painting and travelling and learning to teach English.
Some of the things I have been doing:
I lived in a shed at the bottom of the garden for four years until the house was ready to move into
I learnt to be a stone mason.
I ran two half marathons.
I wrote and illustrated a children's book.
With my best friend we have developed and sustain a creative therapy project in a children's centre in Vietnam
I stopped eating animal products.
I travel whenever I can, my favourite place in the world - after my shed at the bottom of the garden - is India.
I change my hairstyle often.
All the while I have never let go of my interest in people, their stories and their innate potential, but I knew deep down that I didn't want to go back into psychotherapy. I tried once or twice but it just wasn't there anymore, and yet I didn't want to waste all of the resources I had gathered. Coming to terms with that truth is one of the hardest things I have ever been through.
I contacted a life coach. Within the first session I realised that this was the way forward I had been waiting for. Not only because it was offering me direction but because it was a direction that immediately resonated with me. Since that first session I have been honing my skills with the help and support of my coach towards becoming a qualified life coach.
So here we are! I am here for you, with all my experience, both personal and professional, to help you to find your best way forward.