My training is in Person-Centred counselling.  The Person-centred approach believes in the basic ability and strength of everyone to thrive and fulfil their potential if they have the right environment and circumstances in which to do that.  For so many people, we don’t always have those ideal circumstances, but counselling can give us an idea of what a safe and nurturing relationship can feel like and helps us to find our own inner strength and resources to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of life.  I also have a particular interested in the use of Compassion Focused Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy.  However, I generally work in an integrative way and will use whichever approaches and techniques feel most appropriate for you.  The work could be more long term, particularly if working with grief and loss or we could agree on a short-term block of sessions.

I have a background in creative arts and I am particularly interested in using creative interventions such as drawing or working with clay.  Sometimes this can provide a more direct way of exploring and expressing difficult feelings that may be hard to do with words. 

Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in adult and community education for 13 years and I am also a qualified tutor.  I have written and delivered ‘confidence building’ courses and ‘listening to your child’ courses as a Family Learning tutor.  I also currently deliver training for the Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss.  I am now able to offer tailor made training packages to work places and other organisations.  This could include packages such as ‘Supporting bereavement’ or ‘Supporting mental health’ in the work place.

I chose to become a counsellor because I feel passionate about making a difference in people’s lives and about creating the space for people to have a voice and be able to communicate the things that are really impacting on them and affecting their wellbeing and quality of life. So often the focus and attention are on our physical health, but not the bigger picture of what our experiences are and how they make us feel. I believe everybody has the right to thrive in their life and fulfil their potential, not just survive, and counselling can provide the tools for people to achieve this.

Qualifications

Level 2 Awareness of Mental Health Problems – 2020

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – 2016

Level 2 Awareness in Bereavement Care – Cruse 2013

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills – 2012

Post – 16 P.G.C.E. – 1996

Experience

Lincolnshire Centre for Grief and Loss (2 years) – counselling children aged 8 to 18 who have experienced a loss or bereavement, in primary and secondary schools

Casy – (1 year) – counselling children and young people

Trust House Lincolnshire – (1 year) – counselling adults who have experienced rape or sexual abuse

Priory Academy LSST – (1 year) – counselling children and young people in a school setting

Cruse Bereavement Care – (1 year) – offering bereavement support to adults