How I became a counsellor:
A long time ago I attended counselling myself. It felt very different to talking to my family and friends, and gradually I began to be very open with my counsellor, and with myself. I learned a lot.
Over time I noticed I felt happier. I felt more able to work through my problems.
As time went on I noticed how therapy was really causing great shifts in the way I felt and thought. It wasn't always easy to put my finger on exactly what was making the difference, but I felt very positive about how far I had come.
Eventually I decided that I would like to train as a counsellor myself, and work with others to support them in their journey. I began my training with a Counselling Skills Certificate, and progressed through to degree level.
The training was over 4 years, and wasn't always easy, but the knowledge, enthusiasm and insight it gave me are invaluable.
As I walked alongside my clients I saw how they changed and became happier, just as I had.
I am now, as then, very passionate about working together with people to improve their world and how they experience it.
I have experience with:
- Counselling clients who are experiencing anxiety, depression or confidence issues (Mind)
- Helping women involved in abusive relationships, past and present (Lighthouse Women's Aid)
- Working with people with drug and alcohol issues (Iceni Project, Ipswich)
- Working in Private Practice, with a wide variety of clients and issues
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- BSc in Integrative Counselling
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling, and I adhere to their Ethical Framework. This ensures that you can feel confident you are receiving the help you need, confidentially and effectively. You can read about the Ethical Framework here.