You may be wondering what led to me becoming a therapist… so here’s a little bit about me… I live near Southwell with my husband and our 15yr old cat. I enjoy the outdoors, nature, and I love both the coast and hills. Im an avid reader, both of fiction, and therapy related books and journals.
I experienced my own traumas as a child and young adult, and I can really empathise with the struggles that people experience in trying to overcome their own traumas. My own long, and sometimes arduous journey through therapy, means that I have experienced just how powerful and positive it can be – and the impact this can have on lives and relationships. I have learned to trust in the process of therapy, even during times it has felt painful – as there has always been growth from those dark and difficult places.
My own personal experiences, and my background and experience in supporting patients with historical/childhood trauma whilst nursing, really was what spurred me on to qualify as a counsellor.
I continue to feel incredibly privileged that the people who come to see me for therapy, trust me at times of immense personal distress, with their thoughts, feelings and memories. Trust, and integrity are very important to me, and I am strongly committed to offering you an honest, respectful, safe and confidential relationship in which we can work together.
My counselling room is a peaceful safe space, and you can see some photos of it here.
A Little About My Professional Background
I have worked in the NHS, directly supporting patients, for 20 years. For 14 years this was as a qualified nurse (RN) supporting adults and children with learning disabilities and mental health issues. I have a DipHE (Nursing), from the University of East Anglia.
I have an Advanced Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, from Chrysalis.
I have a Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis, from the Berne Institute.
I have a Certificate in working with Children and Young People, from The Berne Institute.
My ongoing continued professional development has been focussed on two areas: trauma, distress and dissociation, and Asperger Syndrome & Neurodiversity. Some of the courses/workshops I have attended are detailed below:
- April 2020
Treating Trauma, Complex PTSD, and Dissociative Disorders (Kathy Steele) Two Days
- March 2020:
Healing The Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors; Transformational Approaches to Treating Complex Trauma (Janina Fisher) Two days.
Girls and Women with Autism; Professor Tony Attwood & Dr. Michelle Garnett
- December 2019
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy; Body Oriented Therapy Techniques for Trauma and Attachment (Pat Ogden)
- July 2019:
CBT and counselling with ASD Clients; A Masterclass with Professor Tony Attwood
- March 2019:
From Harm to Hope; Self Harm Conference – Harmless
- February 2019:
Family Constellations Workshop; Enid Welford – The Berne Institute
- July 2018:
Process Group Therapy; Adrienne Lee – The Berne Institute
- June 2018:
Dealing with Distress: Working with Self Harm & Suicide; PODS/Carolyn Spring Training
- January 2018:
Working with Dissociative Disorders in Clinical Practice; PODS/Carolyn Spring Training
- January 2018:
Alcohol Assessment, NHS/Public Health England
- March 2016:
Transactional Analysis 101, Introduction to TA at The Berne Institute
I am currently in Advanced Training, studying Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy at the Berne Institute, with the aim of achieving my MSc in TA Psychotherapy and qualification as a Certified Transactional Analyst. I am registered with UKATA (UK Association for Transactional Analysis) and EATA (European Association for Transactional Analysis) and adhere to their code of ethics.
* As an accredited member of the National Counselling Society, I abide by their code of practice. I have regular supervision, and have appropriate professional insurance.