Qualifications and professional experience
I originally studied Social Work and graduated from Nottingham University with a BA(Hons) in 2003, following a couple of years working for the National Probation Service helping to rehabilitate people with substance misuse issues I realised that to really support people in making positive changes they needed therapeutic guidance that enabled them to address underlying reasons. This led me to study at postgraduate level at the University of Birmingham with the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute and I graduated in 2010 with a MA in Integrative Psychotherapy.
Since then I have gained extensive experience working asan addictions counsellor within the NHS for a community mental health team where I supported patients with issues ranging from self harm, mental health issues such as anxiety and depression as well as alcohol and drug problems.
Areas of Specialism
I have spent over 20 years working in the field of drug and alcohol addiction, from residential rehab to community and aftercare settings.
during my study I focused on self harm and addressing the underlying issues that can lead to it. I also have extensive experience working with people with chronic health issues, particularly post-viral fatigue, M.E and fibromyalgia.
I take a very adaptive approach, I am led by your and your needs. Having a background as I do means that I have experience of working with a varied client base with complex needs.
As a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy I have an ongoing commitment to cultivate personal qualities such as empathy, sincerity and respect as a matter of ethical responsibility as well as ensuring I am technically competent.
My theoretical basis that informs my work is Integrative Psychotherapy which is a therapeutic approach focused on relationship. I believe that most psychological issues stem from our relationships either in the here and now and/or past experiences in this respect. I use our relationship as a way of identifying traumas and then promote growth and healing within the therapeutic space.
I have experience of working online as I worked in the Highlands for a number of years and due to travel constraints, especially in winter, online was the only was to maintain consistent contact with some clients.
I identify as 'she/her.