Training & Experience:
My interest in counselling as a profession was first fuelled in a previous career as an International Corporate Moving Consultant. I found that amid dealing with the practicalities of an overseas relocation assignment, an individual or family would typically also benefit from talking about their feelings, from excitement and hope to some trepidation and concerns that may be present around such change.
As a Dipl. Trained Reflexologist, I also experienced many clients finding that, in the nurturing, safety and human connection of a reflexology session, they were able to talk and reflect on different aspects of their lives.
- 2003-2005 Post Graduate Dipl. in Counselling – at Thames Valley University. BACP validated.
- 2008 – Achieved Accreditation status with BACP.
- 2010-2011 – Post Grad. Cert. in Counselling Supervision at Leeds University.
During my training I had the opportunity of placements at a bereavement centre, a university (Sheffield Hallam) and an alcohol/substance use agency. This and my subsequent ten years continuous practice has led me to have worked with over 600 clients in over 3000 counselling sessions. For the most part of my ten years post qualification experience, I have been practising in a substance use/alcohol agency with clients presenting with a myriad of issues, linked or not to their alcohol/drug use.
In addition to my private practice in Brighouse, I provide counselling within an NHS IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service in Halifax and am a BUPA recognised Mental Health therapist.
Though not limited to, the following areas are those in which I have had most experience in working with clients and for which I may have a particular professional interest in:
- Abuse (Physical and Emotional)
- Alcohol/Substance use dependency.
- Anger (Emotion and Management of).
- Attachment difficulties/Abandonment.
- Bereavement & Grief.
- Uninvited Change & Loss.
- Identity ‘crisis’ – ‘the real me’.
- Self esteem – valuing of self.
- Self Awareness
- Feelings of shame and guilt.
- Acceptance and letting go – Transitions.
- Trust issues.
- Cultural issues