A bit about me...
Qualifications & Experience
I am a registered, professionally accredited member of the National Counselling Society, and hold an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from a BACP accredited course. I've previously been an NHS midwife - DipHe Mid, a stop smoking specialist advisor and a holistic therapist - Dip IIHT. I also spent several years working as a counsellor with Kinergy, a Bristol based charity offering support to survivors of sexual abuse.
I'm committed to ongoing professional development which has included subjects such as trauma, suicide, eating disorders, addiction, sand tray therapy, relationship work, autistic spectrum disorders and energy work. I also have knowledge and experience with working with medication.
I've lived in both the UK and America where I have supported families through the birth process and early child raising and have twenty years of professional experience working in health related areas.
My own life has, at times been very challenging, yet I feel that this allows me to empathise with many different people and life situations. I am the mother of a large, grown up family and currently live in Bristol with my long term partner, a tiny dog and a huge, obstinate cat.
Depression & Anxiety
Sexual Abuse & Trauma
Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Depression
Religious and Spiritual Abuse
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Long term and 'invisible' illness
Low Self Esteem
Adult Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Although I'm trained as a humanistic, integrative therapist, I prefer to call myself a relational therapist which means that I believe that it's the relationship we develop that helps bring about positive change. My style is warm and conversational and I offer you a safe, trusting relationship where you can bring anything that's troubling you without judgement. I won’t tell you what to do – that’s for you to discover for yourself, but I will help you explore at your own pace what it is that you feel you have a need to resolve.
I work with whatever is meaningful for you, which might sometimes include your spiritual beliefs, creative writing, dream work and imagery. I also feel that humour and the ability to sometimes laugh with one another is essential!
I abide by the National Counselling Society's code of ethics which includes your right to confidentiality.