I am qualified to degree level having gained a BSc (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Derby. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).
Aside from my private practice, I work as a school counsellor at a local high school counselling 11 to 16-year-olds and as an adult counsellor for a domestic abuse charity. Prior experience includes working for a well-known national mental health charity as a counsellor working with a wide variety of ages and presenting problems and training delivery of mental health and suicide awareness courses.
I have experience of counselling children with varied emotional needs, from ADHD and Autistic Spectrum Disorders to those suffering from anxiety, depression, family breakdown, abuse, bereavement, bullying, self-harm, low self-worth and anger problems.
Away from my work as a counsellor, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my rescue pets. I am owned by Ben the dog and my cats Lily and Daisy. I like gardening, walking, TV and chocolate!
I take my ongoing training and personal development seriously, and feel there is always so much more to learn. To expand my knowledge and help my clients as best I can, I have completed further training in the following…
Mental Health Awareness (Mind), Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders (Mind), Understanding Grief and Loss (Mind), Depression (Mind), Equality and Diversity (Mind), Responding to conflict/aggression (Mind), A life worth living, suicide prevention (Mind), Working with Asperger’s Syndrome (Mind), Suicidal Clients (Mind), Child Protection Level One (Mind), Understanding and Managing Stress (Mind), Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults (Mind), MindEd Counselling Children Certificates (On-line learning BACP), Psychology of Addiction (Mind), Phobia Masterclass (Derby University), Managing Guilt in Counselling (Mind), Gender Identity (Curiosity Spot), Working at Relational Depth (Professor Mick Cooper), Pet Bereavement Counsellor Diploma (Centre of Excellence and IAHT), Fundamentals of Couples Counselling (Juliet Grayson), Dissociative Identity Discorder (Deep Waters), Depression: A Compassionate View (Derby University), Rape and Sexual Assault Counselling (National Counselling Society) Rewind Technique (Doctor David Muss)