I am married with five children. I have four daughters and one son. Three of my daughters are young adults, my youngest daughter is three and my only son is five. Life has offered me many lessons, some of which have been difficult and challenging and these life experiences, alongside my professional work are woven into my practice. I am able to be a fully present, compassionate and empathetic listener and I’m a firm believer in walking the walk and not just talking the talk. That does not mean that I do everything perfectly because I don’t. I am a notoriously horrible cook with a weakness for shoes and a hopeless dreamer who loses herself in books, art, and nature.
My Counselling Qualifications
I hold a Level 3 Certificate in Counselling and a Level 4 Diploma in Person Centred Counselling from Exeter College.
In addition I have furthered my academic achievements with a Level 5 Foundation Degree in Addictions Counselling from the University of Bath. I am continuing my training with an Advanced Specialist Diploma in Psychotherapy, with a focus on specialising in trauma.
Below is a selection of my Continued Professional Development and further training.
- Brief Solution Focussed Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Postnatal Depression Practitioner Training
- The Body Remembers: Integrating Body and Mind for Trauma Recovery – Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCSW
- Couples Therapy for Treating Trauma: The Gottman Method Approach.
- The Science of Trust and Betrayal – John Gottman Ph.D
- Braincare: Applying the Neuroscience of Well-Being to Help Clients – Linda Graham, MFT
- Attachment in Adults: How infant Attachment Security Affects Adult Relationships – Onno Van der Hart, Ph.D
- The Healing Power of Sandtray Therapy – Tammi Van Hollender, LCSW, RPT.
- How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer – BACP.
My Professional Counselling Experience
I have fifteen years of experience in counselling. I began my journey as a counsellor in a youth centre in Tiverton and a low cost counselling service for adults in Exmouth. I have worked extensively with the NHS and also with charities in Exeter’s drug and alcohol services as a counsellor, supervisor, and trainer.
I have a specialism in addiction, alcohol and drug counselling with further interest and knowledge in adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and the impact this can have on the relationship with self and others. That is not to say I only work with people in these areas, people come to see me for many different reasons and I work with whatever feels important to you.
Currently I divide my time between building my private practice and providing therapeutic support in perinatal mental health. I make use of my wide ranging experience of group therapy to provide a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for women who are experiencing difficulties with their mental health during pregnancy and postnatally.
My day to day work includes but is not limited to working with:
- Alcohol and drugs
- Family problems
- Life Crisis
- Pregnancy and Postnatal recovery
- Recovery and Sobriety coaching
- Stress and Burnout
- Women’s issues