You may be wondering what led to me becoming a therapist.. so here’s a little bit about me. Like you, Im a fallible human being, negotiating my way though life. Therapists are human first! Im from Norfolk, relocating to Nottinghamshire around ten years ago. My happy place is in our little caravan, plonked somewhere with a sea or mountain view. I love to read, both fiction, and therapy related books and journals. I also love playing my tank drum, its calming and relaxing.
Im a cisgendered female, heterosexual and married, and have an elderly cat called Basil, whom I hand reared with his two siblings. I also ran a wild hedgehog rescue for many years, I love nature and wildlife, and care deeply about the environment.
So, why am I a therapist? I experienced my own significant childhood traumas, and I connect with the struggles that people experience in trying to come to terms with their own histories and narratives. My own long, and sometimes very difficult journey through therapy, means that I have experienced just how transformative it can be – and the positive impact it can have on lives and relationships. Growth can come from dark and challenging places.
Its these personal experiences, and my nursing background, supporting patients with historical traumas, which drove me to retrain as a therapist. I have spent thirty years in the helping and healthcare professions, which has really shaped me as an individual, and the therapist I want to be.
I continue to feel extremely privileged that clients trust me at times of immense personal distress, with their thoughts, feelings and memories.
Trust, relationship, and integrity are very important to me, and I am deeply committed to offering you and honest, respectful, safe and confidential relationship in which we can work together. My personal values are of kindness, compassion, honesty, and inclusivity. I commit to offering you a safe space, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or colour. I commit to being as flexible as I can to support people with disabilities within my own competence. Everyone matters. You matter.
My counselling room is a peaceful safe space, and you can see some photos of it here.