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 relationship 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 difficulties.

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.

 

Qualifications

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.