I enjoy working with people and see myself as an enabler. I am trained as a psychotherapist and have been working in this role for nearly 20 years, offering counselling and psychological therapy to a very wide and diverse range of people, offering long term and short term therapy. I see this more as a vocation than a job which gives me huge satisfaction. My approach is ‘person centred’ which tries to consider the needs of the whole person and where they are at that point in their life and I adapt my counselling style accordingly. I use lots of different techniques and psychological models to try and understand what is going on for the person to help them with the process of trying to change and transform their lives and their view of their problems; to initiate healing and jointly find a solution to problems or adapt to a traumatic experience. I consider it to be a privilege to be entrusted to help someone in this way.

As the Senior Counsellor in this project I have responsibility for supporting and supervising a small team of highly skilled and experienced practitioners, who will be offering support to employees who may be struggling with their mental health in work and in their lives generally. The issues can vary and may be work related or personal. Some people may have a diagnosis, for example, of anxiety or depressions, or another type of mental health condition. They may recognise how this impacts their life and in work and want strategies to manage better. But this doesn’t have to be the case. You may just be feeling a bit stuck in life, overwhelmed by responsibility or struggling to cope in dealing with unexpected circumstances, for example, a personal tragedy or loss or a physical illness which affects the way you function in work. There are counsellors at hand to help you with this, but also the Mental Health Job Coaches can aid and support you directly in your work place, looking at potential adaptations and training. I also have a personal interest and experience of being involved in establishing and developing a small business which will inform this work.

On a personal level and when not spending time with family and friends I love walking, gardening, jogging, yoga, swimming, reading and I am a member of a choir. It’s not always easy to get your work/ life balance right but I believe that having hobbies and creative interests as a way of relaxing outside work is really important for personal health and wellbeing. 

Skills or Specialisms

As a counsellor/psychotherapist I don’t specialise in any particular field, but I have an interest in women’s mental health, peri and post-natal mental health and I am qualified to work with children and families. I am also trained and often use creative techniques and the arts in my work.   Prior to this job I worked in a variety of settings which included the NHS, in education, in services for people with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorder, with children and families and with a range of mental health conditions.

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