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About Me: About Me

About Me

I am a Counsellor, Coach, Mentor and Clinical Supervisor.

But what makes me more than my titles? This is a brief introduction of who I am and why I have chosen to work in this field.

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Ever since I was young I have always helped people. I am a natural carer and I have spent a great deal of my life in this role. I looked after my parents through their ill health and was privileged to be there to hold each of their hands as they departed this world.

Throughout my adult life my jobs have in some way reflected this passion, from teaching in a primary school and then working for 14 years in an herbal medicine company working with not only clients but students of naturopathy as well, to working helping people overcome barriers to work in a local Job Centre.

After the death of my father whom I had cared for with my mum for over 15 years during school, university, teaching and then on into my late 20's and after my divorce which followed a few years later I was able to alter my life path to reflect my true desire which is to enable, encourage and support people, and with the support of my second husband I trained as a hypnotherapist, counsellor, psychotherapist, life coach, NLP practitioner, clinical supervisor. I have developed and deliver workshops. I often work creatively with clients and this is also how I wind down,

 

I make jewellery, and create with resin and pyrography and am always looking for new creative projects. 

I have 5 cats and a dog and having recently moved to Somerset I am enjoying the opportunity to explore the local area.

As we all are, I am still a work in progress, I would worry if any therapist said they knew all the answers! I have my own personal battles, one of which is managing a condition called fibromyalgia, but I am happy I am still learning because it means I am still alive. 

I work for 2 charities as a counsellor, Alumah (Domestic Abuse in Suffolk) and Suffolk Sight (Visual impairment). I have also worked for Cruse (Bereavement) which was incredibly rewarding.

I have the support of a wise and insightful supervisor and abide by the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society's code of conduct and ethics as a Senior Accredited member. 

:Relevant Qualifications and Professional Associations

  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy 2008

  • Diploma in Counselling 2009

  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy 2010

  • Diploma in Life Coaching 2010

  • NLP Practitioner 2019

  • Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society

:Additional Courses Completed

  • Living and Working with Dissociation - PODS

  • Working with Relational Trauma: Attachment and Healthy Relationships - PODS

  • Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation - PODS

  • Understanding the Complexities of Sexual Abuse with Penny Parks

  • Working Therapeutically with Gender Identity - Transitions Counselling & Consultancy

  • Ascentis Awareness in Bereavement Care - Cruse

  • Ascentis Working with Groups - Cruse

  • On-going Telephone Support - Cruse

  • A Child's Grief – Cruse

  • The Art of Self Care CPD

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk

  • Diploma - Advanced Clinical Weight Loss Health Sciences Academy

  • Excel with Business - Mindfulness

  • Certified Life Coach - American Union of NLP

  • Facilitated Groupwork Training Course Cruse

  • Safeguarding Adults

  • Art Therapy Diploma - Renaissance Training Academy

  • TA101 - UKATA

  • Suffocation of the Soul: Compulsive Hoarding - SAC

  • Overcoming Trauma-Related Shame and Self-Loathing - Janina Fisher

  • Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance - Monash University

  • The Human Toolbox

  • Shame Shields - Brene Brown

  • EFT Diploma - Centre of Excellence

  • Mindful Self Compassion

  • Treating Generalised Anxiety and Panic Disorders - Mindbody Breakthrough

  • Introduction to NLP

  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm PODS

  • Dissociation and DID

  • Sand Tray Therapy

  • Essential Supervision Skills Level 1 and 2 SDS

  • NLP Practitioner Training TWC

  • DBT level 2 - APT

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Critical Incident Debriefing

  • Adult and child safeguarding (updated yearly)

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The National Counselling Society and the Professional Standards Authority

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, is an independent body; which is accountable to Parliament and is responsible for overseeing the UK's nine health and social care regulatory bodies.

The Accredited Register was set up by the Department of Health to ensure that the public are able to choose safe, ethical and competent professionals for their health and social care needs. This includes Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

I am a Senior Accredited Member of The National Counselling Society. The National Counselling Society has had its register of Accredited Counsellors accredited by The Professional Standards Authority.  I meet the standards of the Accredited Register and I am authorised to display the Accredited Register logo; which evidences that Counsellors and Psychotherapists belong to a register which meets The Professional Standards Authority's rigorous standards.

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