Who am I?
Having experienced my own issues around eating and with depression up until my early thirties I have had first hand experience of the real benefits in the Counselling process. The value of having someone who really heard me, didn't judge me, and held me in high regard were invaluable during these very difficult times.
Having a place that was dedicated to me, where I felt held and safe allowed me to step outside of my own process and evaluate who I was and where I was going. I found this to be truly transformational. Having a supportive Counsellor, who really understood me, helped me learn to like and be kind to myself and develop more constructive ways of being.
My work has followed the path of Care, and I am still a Carer for an elderly gentleman alongside my work as a Counsellor. Similarly to Counselling, my role as a Carer has placed greater emphasis on walking with someone on their journey, offering support, encouragement, and enabling them to live their lives to be the greatest version of themselves, to the best of their abilities.
Training to become a Counsellor, and being able to give something back, felt like the most natural progression. My training has allowed me to use my own experiences, and develop my ability to work therapeutically with others. I come from a place of genuine empathy and understanding, and as I have experienced in my own therapy, I aim to provide a place for you as my client that is truly centred on you. My role as your Counsellor is to be there with you, for you, and walk alongside you on your journey, as some-one walked alongside me on mine.
What are my Qualifications?
-Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill, 2016)
-Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (Iron Mill, 2017)
-Certificate in Counselling (Iron Mill, 2012)
-Certificate in Couples Counselling (Meridian Training, 2018)
-Certificate in Couples and Relationship Counselling (Exeter and East Devon Counselling Training, 2022)
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Children and Young People
-Effectively Supporting Grieving Young Adults
-Transactional Analysis 101
-Working with Adults who Misuse Alcohol
-Counselling with a Risk of Suicide
-Working with Eating Disorders
-Working with LGBT identified clients
-Young Devon; Young Peoples Mental Health
-Treating Intrusive Thoughts and the Inner Critical Voice
-Transitions (beating eating disorders; b-eat)
-Shamed Identities; Healing from Childhood Trauma through the Therapeutic Relationship
-Mental Health and Well-being
-Working with Trauma
-Setting up a Recovery Peer Support Group
-Drug, Solvent and Alcohol Abuse Counselling
I am both Professionally trained and insured. I am also a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and as such, am required to adhere to a strict code of ethics.
I am also committed to my Continual Professional Development, and attend further training regularly to keep me up to date and working to the highest professional standard.
I am also an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist providing therapeutic support to the charity’s members and partner beneficiaries. I am subject to Anxiety UK’s regular monitoring of my professional qualifications, supervision, continual professional development, insurance and professional body membership in addition to complying with the ethical framework and professional standards set down by my registered governing body.
Full details of the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist scheme can be found here - www.anxietyuk.org.uk/getinvolved/therapists-at-anxiety-uk Details about becoming a member of Anxiety UK to be able to access therapy via the charity can be found here www.anxietyuk.org.uk/membership .