ExperienceI've worked in education and health for over 30 years, qualifying as a counsellor in 1998, after an initial career in education in Birmingham and Sandwell. I have a broad experience of working with people of all ages and from many different backgrounds. I aim to work in a way which values the uniqueness of all the people I encounter.
In addition to private practice I worked as a counsellor in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health team & a GP practice for several years and continue to work for the NHS & other organisations as a supervisor. I have been offering person centred supervision since 2003. I have been practising Tai Chi and meditation for some time and find both a supportive way of calming and focusing the mind, being more able to accept things as they are and developing a kinder attitude towards myself. I have found that using Tai Chi principles informs and develops my therapy practice. I learn with Alan Smith at Heartland Tai Chi School, based in Worcester.
I started learning about Focusing during my counselling studies and have recently completed a training in Focusing which enables me to teach this wonderful process/skill. Focusing has become an essential part of my life, so much so that I'm now starting the Focusing Teacher Training.
Areas of SpecialismI have worked in several settings so have a broad experience of counselling adults of all ages as well as adolescents. The most usual themes of my counselling practice are anxiety, stress and depression, sense of self and lack of self confidence, bereavement, relationships, work issues, bullying & loss. I often work with issues of identity and the impact of discrimination, chronic illness, trauma and post traumatic stress, abuse, spirituality, personal growth and development.
I hope that you'll feel that I respect you, whatever your reasons for coming to see me.
Professional QualificationsFocusing Practitioner and a Childrens' Focusing Practitioner 2016 (British Focusing Association)
Registered Member BACP (Snr Accred)
Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Methods for Person Centred Counsellors, Uni of Warwick, 2009
Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner, 2007
BFTA Certificate in Focusing Skills 2007
PG Certificate in Person Centred Supervision, Temenos, 2004.
Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy, 2002.
Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Warwick, 1998.
MA, French literature, 1983
BA, French, 1981
I'm insured, registered with ICO as a data controller and have a current DBS certificate.
To contact me you can email by clicking on the email button or ring my mobile: 07944 394 245