I have spent my whole life trying to help people, it is in my nature. Prior to becoming a Counsellor, throughout my career I have utilised my ability to connect with others to help people, providing advice and guidance, developing action plans, and offering training and development.
Then not long after I had turned thirty I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, I quickly became very poorly and found myself unable to work. As a result I lost my confidence, I felt lost. One day I found the courage from somewhere to ask for help. I booked my first appointment to see a Counsellor and I was terrified. I had no idea what to expect, I didn’t know anyone who had seen a Counsellor before. I saw my Counsellor for six weeks and it really did change my life. Not only because quickly the anxiety that meant I could not breathe, started to reduce week on week, but because I decided that I wanted to become a Counsellor and help people in the same way my Counsellor helped me.
I enrolled on a course at night school and I studied for over five years. First I completed a certificate in counselling skills and then a diploma in person centred counselling and once qualified I chose to complete a post graduated diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy. I had found my life’s purpose. This is where I was meant to be.
I tell you all of this because I know how brave you need to be to make the decision to ask for help. It can feel overwhelming and scary but I will do everything I can to make you feel comfortable and to answer all your questions.
My Qualifications and Memberships
- I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Online and Telephone Counselling
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BA (Hons) Drama and Social Ethics
- NVQ Level 3 Information, Advice and Guidance
- NVQ Level 3 in Preparing to teach Lifelong learning (PTLLS)