Professional Qualifications and Experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced counsellor having practised as a therapist since 2011 when I gained my Diploma of HE in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Leicester. For most of the time since then I have volunteered as an Honorary Therapist within an NHS Psychotherapy Service, where I support people with complex mental health needs. It is a role that I deeply believe in as I very much regret the extent to which the issues of depression anxiety, emotional distress and mental illness suffer unfairly from stigma and denial. It is directly because of this, I believe, that there is a continuing lack of support and services in this area of vital need.
Before training as a therapist I spent 30 years working within the field of social care, during which time I supported people from a wide range backgrounds and cultures. A summary of my experience is as follows:
Counselling support for adults with complex mental health needs.
Counselling support for young people and adults from minority sexuality, gender identity, and ethnic communities
Emotional and practical support for children and young people with cancer and their families.
I've also provided bereavement support for adults with terminal illness and also their carers and families
I have also supported young people transitioning from local authority care onto independent living; and also Young Carers.
Support for children, young people and families finding themselves in vulnerable circumstances
I also have extensive experience in the provision of support, training and supervision of social care and NHS professional staff, particularly regarding topics relating to reflective practice and emotional self-care.
With the highly desirable outcome being the achievement and maintainance of a high standards of practice when working with clients - in addition to the avoidance of 'burnout' or 'vicarious traumatisation' for professional staff.
Moreover, I'm now very pleased to confirm that, following training with the Online Therapy Institute, my practice has now expanded to include the provision of online counselling utilising encrypted email and instant chat/messenger platforms as methods of communication.