About me

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 training with a Degree in Addictions Counselling from the University of Bath and I am currently training in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy which is a powerful psychotherapy designed to help people recover from traumatic events in their lives.

Below is a selection of my Continued Professional Development and further training.

  • Complex Trauma Certification Training Level 1 & 2 – Janina Fisher
  • Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents: a certified Child and Adolescent Trauma Professional Training Course, Jennifer Lefebre,Psy D & Janet Courtney, PhD
  • EMDR Mastery course: Assessment, resourcing and Treatment Techniques for Trauma and Anxiety, Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD
  • Applied Polyvagal Theory in Yoga for Trauma Recovery, Dr Arielle Schwartz
  • Women, embodiment and Trauma Recovery: Befriending the Body with Therapeutic Yoga, Dr Arielle Schwartz
  • Treating complex Trauma with Internal Family Systems, Dr Frank Anderson
  • 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
  • The Gottman Method to Treating Trauma and Affairs, Dr John Gottman and Julie Gottman, Ph.D
  • Parenting Post Trauma – Lisa Cherry
  • Attachment in Adults: How infant Attachment Security Affects Adult Relationships – Susan Johnson, Ed.D et al.
  • Toxic Shame in Clinical Practice: Help Clients release shame, get unstuck and Improve Outcomes – Patti Ashley, Ph.D
  • Bereavement support for young people – Balloons Charity

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 specialised in the field of trauma and addiction, with further training and interest in childhood adversity and how our attachment system shapes and influences our relationships with self and others. That is not to say I only work in these areas, the people I work with come to see me for many different reasons and I work with whatever feels important to you.

Currently I divide my time between my private practice and working for Life Chance Training as a trainer and consultant delivering workshops and training on trauma, adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed care to multi professional audiences.

My day to day work includes but is not limited to working with:

  • Abuse
  • Addictions
  • Affairs
  • Alcohol and Drugs
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Betrayal
  • Change
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Empowerment
  • Family problems
  • Life Crisis
  • Loss
  • Pregnancy and Postnatal Recovery
  • Recovery and Sobriety Coaching
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress and Burnout
  • Trauma
  • Women’s issues