After facing my own challenges in life and finding the right support through talking therapy, I felt drawn to start my own journey in training to be a counsellor. I studied for 4 years back to back at Halesowen College gaining a Level 2 Certificate in Counselling skills, a Level 3 Diploma in Counselling skills and then a 2 year Level 5 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
The course required me to undertake many hours of my own personal counselling and a supervised work placement of at least 100 hours voluntary counselling. I completed around half of my hours in a General Medical Practice and the other half in a local agency that supports young people in Stourbridge. I have remained a counselling volunteer with the local agency. Young people are our future and I am passionate about supporting them with their mental health and wellbeing.
Following my formal training I have continued to complete specialist training courses in areas that interest me and I'm an avid consumer of books, articles, journals and any other media that informs and supports my work and continuing professional development. I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professionals. The framework can be viewed here and it informs my work and any decisions that we may need to make in the course of our work together.
I have a great fondness for animals and have an extended family that includes tropical fish, back garden chickens and a most beautiful snake – Nagini! I lost my beautiful dog, Bella the Dobermann, early in 2019 and fully experienced the grief that follows losing a loving and faithful companion.
My dream is to one day have a therapeutic retreat on a hillside somewhere. A place where people can come to find themselves surrounded by the beauty and simplicity of nature.