I am a fully qualified relationship counsellor and I believe that our relationships have a profound impact on our well being. The more I work with people the more I am convinced that how we relate with others and more importantly, with ourselves can significantly affect our emotional and physical well being.
I initially trained in couples counselling with Relate before undertaking further study for family work and more recently I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Relationship Therapy.
I am an experienced counsellor and I have worked for a national charity for a number of years before setting up in private practice. My experience includes individual, couples and family work across a variety of settings and with a broad range of clients. I also have experience of working with same sex couples and with cross cultural issues.
Before training to become a counsellor I worked as a nurse and then as a midwife in the NHS. I was part of a Bereavement Support Team; supporting families who had experienced loss of a baby/ their pregnancy. As a result of my experience I have retained an interest in health related matters and I also offer counselling to those who are having pregnancy related difficulties, including postnatal depression.
I have worked in a variety of community settings including a domestic violence unit and I understand the impact this can have on couples, individuals and on the wider family.
I work with both men and women who may be equally affected by any of the above.
Registered Nurse 1984
Registered Midwife 1986
University Advanced Diploma in Couple Counselling – Relate (University of Hull) 2010
Certificate in Family Counselling (Relate Institute) 2011
Post Graduate Diploma In Relationship Therapy – Relate (University of Hull) 2014
I work integratively using psychodynamic and systemic models. This means I work in a way which helps us think about how you relate to others and how you deal with closeness and conflict. This can help you in understanding yourself which supports you to make good and thoughtful choices. Using these models of working also helps you understand how external influences either support or hinder you in moving forward. By raising your self awareness it can help you overcome difficulties, develop your resourcefulness and help you achieve your full potential.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within its Ethical Framework.