My work has always been involved with people, firstly as a secondary school teacher and then as an RSPCA Education Adviser. However, I began to realise that although there is plenty of attention paid to the “external” aspects of people’s lives such as education and work, many people become isolated in their own internal worlds, the world of feelings, thoughts and beliefs. This sense of isolation can result in unhappiness and confusion. I wanted to understand more about this, so I returned to education and retrained as a therapeutic counsellor.
I now work as a counsellor with people from aged 11 upwards, and although much of my work is with adolescents I also work regularly with adults of all ages.
As a result of my training and experience, I have a thorough knowledge about the nature of childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. This includes an understanding of emerging identity, and the complex demands placed on young people in today's society, such as technology and the constant pressure to look and be a certain way. Being a parent probably helps too!
I have a particular interest in the many issues that young people may be struggling with. I regularly work with clients on themes such as relationship and family issues, self-harming behaviour, suicidal thoughts, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, loss, and health issues. Of course many of these issues are present in adulthood too.
My professional qualifications include a BA Honours degree in Music, subsidiary subject Psychology, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, and a Certificate in Counselling Skills Working with Children and Young People.
As well as working with clients at The Broad Street Practice, I also work as a school counsellor in Lincolnshire.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which is the UK's leading body for talking therapies. As a member of the BACP I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice, and I regularly have my work overseen by a clinical supervisor.
I hold a current enhanced DBS certificate and am trained in safeguarding.