I started my counselling journey by becoming a bereavement support volunteer at a local Hospice in 2000; this included face to face visits and telephone helpline support.
In 2001 I commenced my counselling training and qualified in 2005. I have added further training since then including gaining my Master's degree and specific training in working with trauma (both present incidents and past trauma such as abuse).
I have been involved in health care the whole of my working career as I have a background in nursing and worked for 25 years as a hospice nurse.
I started my private practice in 2006 and have also worked for:
• a general counselling agency
• GP counselling services
• trauma rehabilitation agencies
• a hospice patient and family support service
• a women's centre
• EAP's (employee assistance programme)
• a cancer charity running support groups for ladies with advanced breast cancer
• the Police Firearms Officers Association
Having qualified as a counselling supervisor in 2010, I have experience in supervising individuals and groups through my private practice and for local counselling agencies. I supervise health support workers, trainee counsellors, as well as qualified counsellors and supervisors. I have experience in supporting counsellors through the BACP Accreditation process.