After benefiting from counselling at challenging times in my own life and working in different fields using counselling skills I decided to train to be a counsellor. I wanted to help others become aware that however dark things may seem they do have choices and with support and self care, life can be easier. I know from personal experience how hopeless life can feel sometimes and deciding you may need some help is actually a sign of strength not weakness. Counselling can not only help you to discover your potential, but also to understand what it is that’s stopped you realising it in the past; this can help you to move forward with your life.
I consider myself to be a genuine, kind, caring, spiritual, reliable professional person who strives to help others reach their personal goals by providing counselling as unique as you are.
I provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which you can share whatever you need to. I am an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and work under their professional, ethical framework.
I offer long and short term work with a psychodynamic approach; by this I mean as well as discussing current problems we may explore the influence of the past on your present day thoughts, beliefs, feelings and behaviours and discuss how these may be impacting on your life today and explore alternatives if you choose to do so. We may also look at what is conscious and unconscious by using a variety of creative techniques if you wish. This can be a long process and I will support you in working at your own pace with empathy and understanding as the therapeutic relationship is an important part of our work.
Issues I have experience in
- Loss of a child by suicide
- Sexual Abuse
- Emotional Abuse
- Suicidal Thoughts
- Self Harm
- Low self esteem
- Long term health conditions
- Relationship/marriage issues
I have extensive experience in the voluntary sector working with Cruse bereavement care and I have also worked at Derby Women's Centre. I'm currently working with NHS referred clients in Derby, along with my private practice.
Training and Qualifications
- Level 4 Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling Skills (Derby University)
- Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT)
- Cruse Awareness in Bereavement Counselling
- CPD Workshops in:
- Child’s Grief
- Working creatively with diversity
- Death and grief from a different faith perspective
- Sudden and traumatic death
- Suicide (Rural Action Derbyshire)
- Working with anxiety (National Counselling Society)
- Working with sexual offenders
- Transgender awareness
- Telephone counselling