I decided to retrain as a counsellor having personally experienced how transformative counselling can be. I have worked previously in corporate, educational and creative settings so I have many different work and life experiences to draw upon.
My therapeutic training is in integrative counselling and psychotherapy which means I blend together different theoretical approaches – person-centred, CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and attachment theory. As sessions progress this allows us the flexibility to develop together 'the blend' which best suits your needs. I am also interested in finding more creative ways of working if this is something you might find helpful as therapy progresses, and I have done some additional training to support this work.
I am experienced in working with clients to a limited number of sessions where the focus needs to be very specific, and equally working in a more open-ended, long term way.
I have worked with many different issues such as: anxiety, depression, trauma, loss, bereavement, abuse, anger, self-harm, panic attacks, self-esteem, family, relationships.
Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Derby 2015
Postgraduate Award in Working Therapeutically with Children and Young People, University of Warwick 2017
BACP Accreditation 2017
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision, NCS Accredited 2019
I am committed to continually developing my skills and experience. Here are some of the recent training courses I have attended:
Personal Aspects of Attachment Theory, Sir Richard Bowlby
Mindfulness, St Richard's Hospice
Humanistic and Jungian Approach to Sand Tray Therapy, The Counselling and Family Centre
Introduction to Creative Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Haywood Counselling Centre
Recent Developments in the Psychology of Bereavement, Julian Bond
Suicide: The Confident Practitioner, Missing Modules
Art Therapy in Practice, St Richard's Hospice
Safeguarding, St Richard's Hospice
CBT for Depression and Suicide, Dr Christine A. Padesky
I have a successful private practice in the centre of Stourbridge, and offer individual counselling to adults and young people, who come to counselling with many different issues. I also work with organisations such as The Salvation Army, Soma Health, Team Verrico, All About People and Premdor to offer time-limited counselling to employees (EAP referrals).
I was employed as a bereavement counsellor for the NHS-funded Bereavement Support South Worcestershire, based at St Richard's Hospice, having previously been a volunteer counsellor at the Hospice.
My experience with young people was previously gained through work as a locum counsellor at Haybridge High School, a volunteer counsellor at King Edward VI College in Stourbridge in the Staff and Student Counselling Service, and on placement at The What? Centre, Stourbridge.