It has been a privilege for me to be trusted by friends, family and many others over the years as a person that they could rely upon to help, encourage and support them. I have always felt an immense amount of fulfilment at being seen as a source of guidance, when requested, and comfort to those who know me.
Whilst working as a registered general nurse I often found, when looking after people going through life-altering experiences, that the emotional and psychological support that was needed at times appeared more relevant and helpful than the physical care provided.
I have always been interested in the innate ability for growth that exists within us all as humans, and in how we think and behave. This led me to complete a degree in psychology, after a health setback meant that I was no longer able to work as a nurse. Whilst studying, I gained understanding of how life experience can create unhelpful thought patterns which can adversely affect our ability to live life to the full. I went on to study and work in the field of substance misuse and recovery. This subsequently led me to study counselling, and I achieved a level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling.
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and Registered Member (no.301736) of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that I have met the strict standards required to be on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Registers. I am also a registered member (no.R000534) of the Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC).
As well as adhering to the BACP’s ethical standards, I hold professional indemnity insurance, receive regular supervision and participate in Continuing Professional Development to help me support clients as best I can. I also hold a current enhanced DBS certificate.
Knowing and valuing learning as an ongoing process, I continue to develop my skills as a counsellor; I continue to read widely, and attend workshops and training sessions where interest or the evolving nature of my role requires.
As well as my private practice I was, until recently, a member of the clinical team at ARC, the community counselling service linked to Axminster Medical Practice.
I offer counselling to all adults, without distinction. Individuals as well as couples. I have particular familiarity supporting people who are in caring roles, who are experiencing dementia in a loved one, who are in recovery from substance misuse, and also of Asperger’s syndrome.
My approach to counselling is integrative.
Integrative meaning the inclusion and use of a variety of empirically researched counselling techniques, tailored to each and every individual, so as to allow flexibility and thus cater for all forms of the human experience. I appreciate the capacity for fulfilment as well as the dignity and worth inherent within every person.
I explore the struggles and challenges of every person I work with as a natural part of our human existence.
I feel privileged to be able to offer my support to you as a counsellor. Always prepared to go the extra mile to ensure our relationship is to the utmost benefit to us both, I am committed to working together with you in providing the best possible outcome to your counselling journey.