Before training as a counsellor I taught French and German in secondary schools, going on to work with individual students to support their needs. I have also had a career in music and taught singing privately. Personally, I have benefitted from various types of counselling and have always been interested in self-help.
My professional counselling training took place at Keele University where I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology. This course is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Other training includes advanced training in Psychodramatic Bodywork®, where I had the privilege of sharing several people's journeys over a period of 4 years.
I undertake regular professional development and recently completed a 2-day course by Dr. Jenkinson on counselling cult survivors, which is a subject of personal interest, as well as one by Nick Luxmoore on working with young people, another by Mike Worrall on "Making Space for our Personal Truth" and a 2-day course on "Focusing" with Suzi Mackenzie.
My professional experience includes counselling for a domestic abuse charity, where I counselled both men and women as well as working as a university student counsellor. I use the person-centred approach which is based on the writings of Carl Rogers.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and seek to abide by their ethical framework. I am also professionally insured and have a current DBS certificate.