I am a fully qualified and registered counsellor with The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and as such adhere to their Ethical Framework for counselling professionals. I am also fully insured and advanced DBS checked.
Like many of you I have experienced difficult life events which at the time felt overwhelming and like no one understood my reality from my point of view. Counselling gave me the opportunity to say out loud some of the worries in my head and by doing this I worked through my issues and it really helped to dissolve my anxieties and ghosts from the past.
This has led me to become passionate about supporting other people through difficult times in their lives and I believe that through empathic listening and using my skills, I can help them to see things more clearly and work together to begin to make positive changes to their lives.
I believe as a counsellor my core strengths that I can offer are that I am a very kind and caring person and also that I have some quite diverse life experience which has helped make me non judgmental and accepting of everyone’s right to be a unique individual.
I work with adults on a one to one basis and my approach is integrative. (This simply means that I draw on several counselling theories). I work this way as it allows me to respond flexibly to each of my clients specific situation and needs.
My first career was in finance, where I lived and worked in Central London for several years, before settling down in East Kent and taking a career break to raise a family.
In more recent years I have volunteered at ‘The Samaritans’ and retrained as a counsellor. Today I work in a private practice and at a rape/sexual abuse centre, as a tutor at ‘Trauma Informed Schools’ supporting and training teachers, TAs, heads, etc., as well as working at a local hospice as a bereavement counsellor and at a Community Counselling Service.