I realised very early on in my life that I have an interest in people. As a child I would speak with strangers that I met and this has grown into my passion for meeting and supporting anyone that needs my help. Throughout my working life I have met a variety of individuals from many walks of life and done whatever I could to support them through their struggles.
My first training in psychotherapy and counselling was completed at the University of Roehampton where I was awarded a Master's of Science. Throughout this course I engaged in my own personal therapy in order to gain a good understanding of myself and the difficulties I have experienced as well as to learn what it is like to be the client. I am currently in the process of completing a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People at the University of South Wales. I have been practising since 2011 and have seen a range of clients (both adults and young people) with difficulties ranging from relationship troubles, anxiety and depression and drug and alcohol problems and severe childhood trauma. I have also run group therapy sessions and therapeutic workshops to those estranged from their families and volunteer with a bereavement service for young people. Previously I provided telephone counselling to unpaid carers in Bristol and ran a counselling service for carers in North Somerset.
My other qualifications include a BSc (Hons) in psychology from the University of Bristol and a qualification in community mental health awarded from City and Guilds and I take part in regular CPD as part of my registration with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Outside of psychotherapy and counselling I have worked for many years in various NHS mental health settings both in the community and inpatient hospitals. I left this work when I found I could no longer justify the lack of talking therapy available to the people I was working with and it was at this time that I began my psychotherapy training.
You may be coming here for any number of difficulties you have experienced in your life. I hope to be able to help you, as I have helped many others that I have worked with. Together we can learn your story and how your life has shaped you.