I’ve worked in Local Government for over 30 years. My first job was working in the planning department and I have worked in several different departments and roles since. In 2008 I decided to retrain as a Counsellor as I had a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives so I undertook my Post Grad Diploma in therapeutic counselling at the then University of Wales, Newport.
The role is challenging and interesting and with each client I learn something new. Each client brings their own uniqueness and I feel privileged to work with assisting them to manage some of the toughest stages in their lives.
Skills or Specialisms
I’m a Relational Integrative Counsellor which means that the relationship I build with clients is key to the therapeutic work whilst using a combination of different techniques from a variety of different approaches. The models that I use in my work are Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Transaction Analysis and elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Working integratively allows flexible working and this enables the approach to be tailored to each client and their needs.
I have experience of counselling clients from a wide range of backgrounds and have significant experience of working with clients in a work based setting. I am experienced at working across a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, relationship issues, low self-esteem and work related issues.
During my counselling career I have worked in Universities, Schools and GP practices as well as Occupational Health.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapist (BACP) and work within their ethical framework of good practice.
My background is in learning and development and I have a significant amount of experience of running wellbeing workshops for employees and have an interest in working with groups.