A bit about me….
Counselling is my second profession having spent much of the last 14 years working in medical and mental health research development, both in universities and the NHS. I decided to train as a counsellor 9 years ago (randomly this came to me whilst travelling around New Zealand) but also following having my own therapy and realising the difference it made for me. Before this my academic training was an undergraduate degree in Geography with Development Studies and a Masters degree in Migration Studies.
I completed all my counselling training through the Norwich Centre. The Norwich Centre has long established roots within Person-Centred Counselling and is the main provider of person-centred counselling training in the Eastern Region. Through the Norwich Centre I gained my Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, this course is recognised by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and on passing this I registered with BACP. This means that all my counselling is delivered at a professional level, that I must keep up with certain requirements to keep my membership valid and that I must have regular supervision to make sure I am practicing properly. I also abide by a strict code of Ethics that can be found on the BACP website.
I am a person-centred counsellor. This means that for me counselling is led by you in the session, I will never ask you to prepare for a session and I will never direct you in terms of what to do in a session. We will work together and I can help you explore ways forward that feel right for you or I can just be someone to hear you and be on your side.
To support my counselling work I have also trained in ecotherapy (working outside and with the natural world) as well as in basic mindful techniques and in the use of art in therapy. I also have a special interest in perinatal mental health due to my NHS work.
Outside of my counselling work I am a Primary Tutor on the MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Applications at the Metanoia Institute in London. I also work for Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust where I work with the Perinatal Mental Health Team and the Wellbeing Service to support women at both antenatal and postnatal stages who are having difficulties with their mental health.
I am fully insured for private work and rent a room in Norwich for all my client work. My practice location can be found here and has accessible rooms and facilities for clients that cannot manage stairs or steps as well as parking for disabled clients. There is on street parking also available.