Before embarking on a career in counselling, I graduated from University with a degree in Business Management & I.T and had a long career within the property rental and management industry. Over time, I found myself drawn to the interpersonal side of the work; engaging in creating trusting relationships with all stakeholders from tenants to housing department staff. I found that I really enjoyed the long-term impacts of nurturing those relationships and the knock-on effect that those relationships had with others.
This, along with my personal experience of counselling eventually led me to make some changes in my life and after much thought, I decided to change career and chose a qualification in counselling that values and nurtures the relationship between client and counsellor. This qualification focused on the “integrative model” which allowed me to tailor my work according to each individual client by using the relationship between us as the fundamental connection. You can read more about this here.
I specialise in a range of psychological difficulties and I have worked within a variety of voluntary sectors, such as:
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their ethical principles. I have an Enhanced DBS Certificate for working with Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. I am also signed up with the Information Commissioners Office and abide by their data protection laws.
I continue my training annually, ensuring continuous professional development (CPD) of a minimum of 30 hours of additional training each year, which allows me to keep up to date with the latest & best practices within the UK counselling industry , whilst also adding to my skillset & knowledge.
I lived a large part of my life consistently doubting my abilities and living with low self-esteem. This impacted my ability to make healthy decisions for myself as I was consistently making decisions from a place of fear. Fear of failing, fear of my own potential, fear of displeasing my loved ones & fear that they would leave me.
Through counselling I learnt to become congruent and honest with myself about my fears and how it was the guiding force within my life. I also learnt to recognise my own behaviours and boundaries (or lack of) and their impact on my own mental & physical health as well as becoming more aware about how I relate to others and allow others to relate to me.
All of these insights and awareness of their origins allowed me to slowly but surely make changes towards a healthier and more balanced way of life. My decisions are now based on an understanding of my own realistic wants and needs in life which stem from a foundation of respect for myself and an understanding of my true worth.
It is this first hand personal experience, combined with my training which has moulded me into the counsellor that I am today; congruent, accepting, non-judgemental and here to help you move forward in your life.
If you would like to know a little more about how counselling works then you can do so here.
If you would like an informal chat about whether my way of working suits you at this point in your life, then book in for a brief consultation here.
I promise you confidentiality & congruence, free of any judgement.