My Working Experiences
I’ve been fortunate to gain some valuable experience working as a counsellor in a number of different sectors:
As a school counsellor I am informed of the many challenges and pressures young people face today through relationships with peers and family and through social media etc. Many children feel alone but cannot face telling others and a key part of therapy with young people is helping them build resilience through self-acceptance and improved self-esteem.
Having volunteered for a parenting/family charity and being a parent myself, I understand the many challenges around becoming a parent from conception to birth and the subsequent effect on finances, mental and physical health and family dynamics. Becoming a new parent, although often joyful, can trigger unresolved issues from a parent’s own childhood, for example the trauma of abuse. Working with issues including the pain of loss, complex grief and abuse has helped me to understand the importance of working at each person's individual pace, whilst keep their well-being and safety at the heart of my work.
Through a Christian counselling charity helping NHS referred clients, I’ve worked with people clinically diagnosed with personality disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, OCD and panic attacks. With every client I aim to look beyond a diagnosis to understand what’s happening underneath the labels. My approach is to not see what’s ‘wrong’ with a person but to understand what’s happened to them as every person is unique but often carrying an experience of trauma.
My aim with all clients is to ensure they feel valued, heard and treated with respect and I can offer both short or long-term therapy. These are some of the issues I've helped clients explore: