I began counselling as a trainee in 2010, became fully qualified in 2011, achieved my MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2013, became BACP Accredited in 2014 and Senior Accredited in 2017. I have worked in many different counselling settings, from the NHS (in Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool and Fleetwood), to third sector organisations (including Mind, a self-harm charity, a youth project, and an organisation supporting carers), to an Employee Assistance Programme and various educational settings.
I have worked with people struggling with anxiety, family & relationship issues, depression, panic attacks, work-related problems, self-harm, sexual abuse, neurodiversity (I’m neurodivergent myself!), LGBTQI+ issues, bereavement, anger, low self-esteem, loneliness, suicidal feelings and more. Although your issue/s may fit in to one or more of these categories, I do believe everyone’s issue is unique.
I was attracted to counselling due to my own struggles with depression and anxiety throughout parts of my life. Feeling a bit lost in my 20s, I spent many years moving around and experiencing different jobs, places and people. I lived in Glasgow, Cumbria, London, Brighton, Exeter, Cornwall, Hull and Manchester. Although difficult at the time, looking back, I feel this all helped lay the groundwork for my move into becoming a Counsellor. I became a counsellor in my early 30s, and since turning 40 I have done nothing of note!
To be let into someones life is a real privilege, so I am very committed to working responsibly, ethically and sensitively to help you get what you need. I won’t sit there with a clipboard, cold and aloof. Instead, together, we will try to build a valuing relationship based on honesty, understanding, equality, warmth and acceptance.