I began my training in 2002 at Central Sussex College and qualified as an Integratively trained Psychotherapeutic Counsellor in 2005. Since then I have gained a wealth of experience working in agency, charity and school settings, (both primary & secondary) as well building a robust private practice.
Currently in private practice I work as a Counsellor with both individuals and couples, as well as a school counsellor in a local Primary School. I am also a qualified Supervisor who is able to work with counsellors and allied health professionals. Alongside this I work for an agency in West Sussex offering Group Supervision to qualified and trainee counsellors who themselves work with adults and children, teenagers and young adults.
My work in schools has offered me a vast array of experience from working as a Primary School counsellor in a one-form school, to working in a Residential Secondary School for excluded pupils who have educational, social and emotional challenges.
I also have a lot of experience working with counsellors in training both as a counsellor and supervisor.
In the main I would describe my style as Humanistic. This means that I believe strongly in the power and therapeutic quality of being in relationship with another and the ability this gives to the other to change and flourish given the right conditions.
I am also very creative so believe that there are many different ways to work with an individual, meaning that I am very happy to work with my clients to find out which way of working fits them the best. Creativity in itself is extremely helpful because it bypasses our cognitive, (thinking), defenses to allow us to find out what it is that may be keeping us stuck.
My integrity is very important to me and it impacts my work in every way. I can be gentle, fun and humorous as well as being ‘strong enough’ to hold anger and hopelessness, as well as despair. When in relationship with me you are considered in all of your self: on an emotional, cognitive, behavioural, spiritual and physiological level. At the same time I will also be respecting and taking into context your social and cultural background.
People are often curious about what it’s like to be a counsellor? For me I can only describe my sense of humility as I am allowed into that other person’s world. I appreciate and cherish greatly their journey but am able to empathize with their courage as I, too, know how it is to open yourself up to another and share the secrets of your soul.