I was born in Sydney and moved to England about 15 years ago, living first in Windsor before moving to the Peak District in 2007. I am step-mum to 3 adult children and mum to a teenager who joined our family through adoption 10 years ago. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, films, yoga and spending time with my friends and family.
My first career was in human resources within the technology sector. Whilst I loved this work, it was necessary to step back from my career when family life became increasingly complex. After spending many years in family-based therapy, I decided to re-train as a counsellor as I felt a strong desire to help others as I had been helped through my own therapeutic journey.
I provide counselling services via my private practice and within a specialist domestic violence counselling service. I have previously worked as a school counsellor in a secondary school; I also have career counselling experience through my human resources work. I have a personal interest in working with trauma and in working with parents caring for children who experience life challenges.
I consider all elements of the individual in the work we do together: this may include emotions / feelings, physical health, thinking processes, relationships and cultural elements. I take this approach as difficult experiences often impact us in a variety of ways.
For most clients, this complete support allows them to move forward in their life.
I am registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics and professional practice standards. I also hold a clear DBS Certificate. I provide counselling services to individuals aged 16+.
Qualifications and Training
I hold an MSc (Distinction) in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. My extensive counselling training is based on the integration of three counselling models: cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), person-centred (talking) therapy and attachment (relationship) theory. What that means in practice is that the counselling service is tailored to your needs: while one person may benefit from ‘talking therapy’ to overcome a significant loss, another person may benefit from CBT to increase coping strategies for anxiety. Holding knowledge across multiple counselling frameworks helps me to provide you with a service that is tailored to your need.
I believe in continuously learning and have completed training in the following areas:
- The Body Keeps the Score (Body Aware Treatment of Trauma)
- Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Intensive Trauma Treatment
- Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-harm
- Clinical Application of Compassion
- Working with Shame
- Attachment Awareness
- Working with Domestic Violence
- Safeguarding of Adults and Children
- The Medicalisation of Mental Health Disorders
- Mindfulness Practice