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 struggle to overcome these. 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.
This, 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 trauma, distress and dissociation.
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.