My experience as a counsellor began when I qualified in 2010 . I have gained experience in a variety of settings including a GP surgery, mental health charities and an employee assistance programme (EAP). I have also worked in the charity sector since 2006 facilitating mental health support groups and courses and, in recent years, managing a counselling service.
As a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) I work as an integrative counsellor, adapting my approach to meet the individual needs of each client. The foundation of my approach is Person Centred Therapy; I also draw from Transactional Analysis (TA) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Brief Therapy techniques. I can assist with a variety of issues and have particular experience working with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, domestic/childhood abuse, relationship difficulties, bereavement and workplace stress.
As well as working as a private practice counsellor, I also work for an employee assistance programme (EAP) providing counselling for employees who need support for issues that are affecting their ability to cope at work.
A lot of my knowledge and experience has come from employment in the mental health charity sector. I currently work as a counselling coordinator for a north east charity, managing the counselling service and a team of qualified and trainee counsellors.
I'm qualified to provide counselling supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors. More details can be found in the 'Supervision' section of this website.