For many years, I worked for an airline, working with and meeting people from many different cultures and countries – hugely fun but exhausting too! Having had very positive experiences of counselling in the past myself, I decided to take the plunge and so 10 years ago I decided to embark on professional training as a counsellor. During my years of training (and post qualifying) as a therapeutic counsellor, I gained valuable experience working with several different organisations, such as Swindon & Wiltshire Drug and Alcohol Service (SWADS), Olive Branch Counselling and Dorothy House Hospice Care. Additionally, I have worked with Victim Support in supporting victims of crime, rape/sexual violence and domestic abuse.
To enhance my work, I continually update my skills by attending relevant training and workshops. This year, I have focused on further training with trauma and dissociation, attending training days given by Dr Janina Fisher and by the organisation PODS . I’m an Accredited Member of The British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to their ethical framework.
As well as working with humans, I believe that the human-animal bond can be helpful and healing so I’m delighted to be able to work with one of my collies, Rusty, when clients choose this.
At the heart of all of this is my aim, which is to work in my clients’ best interests with respect, honesty and integrity.
Qualifications & Core Training
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB)
Adoption Support Work (through Barnardo’s)
Certificate Bereavement Support (Dorothy House Hospice Care)
Certificate Supporting Victims of Rape & Sexual violence (Victim Support)
Certificate Supporting Victims of Domestic Abuse/Violence (Victim Support)
Certificate “Introduction to Animal-Assisted Interventions” (The Society For Companion Animal Studies)
I also hold an enhanced DBS Certificate