Who am I and how might counselling help-
I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Counselling Supervisor. I originally qualified as a Veterinary Nurse, working in clinical practice and then was a lecturer in a local college for over 20 years teaching Veterinary Nursing. Having worked closely with students of all ages, I realised how important and helpful it was to offer support by listening. I understand how life and work often become difficult to manage and having a non-judgemental person to share your worries with, can help you feel less confused and more able to make useful choices on how to move forward.
Having experienced the benefits of personal counselling myself, I know that it takes courage to decide to talk to a stranger and how difficult it is to pick a counsellor from so many. Every counsellor is different and sometimes the first one you work with might not be the right match for you. Please don't think that all counsellors are the same; we all work in different ways and there is someone right for everyone.
What happens in counselling sessions?
I can offer a safe, confidential space for you to talk about anything that is causing you concern, worry, anxiety, distress or just generally bothering you. I offer face to face, online or telephone sessions. I will not judge you, give you my opinion, advice or homework, but I will offer you empathy and the time to express how you are feeling. Together we can discover the right choices to lead you to a happier life.
Pet Bereavement therapy-
Being both a Registered Veterinary Nurse and Counsellor enables me to offer an understanding to bereaved pet owners that are struggling following the loss of their loyal companion. Owners can also be anxious about pets requiring general anaesthesia for surgery or with terminal illness and when is the right time to say goodbye. Sometimes other people in our lives might not understand why you feel the way you do about your pet and perhaps sharing your feelings with them is difficult. I can offer you a compassionate space to express your thoughts and feelings about your pet and how much you are affected by his/her passing away.
Support for College/University students-
Studying at college at any level and meeting deadlines or assessments can be extremely stressful and juggling your studies with life and (if you're an apprentice) work is often difficult. As an experienced college lecturer and practical examiner, I can offer a genuine understanding and offer support whilst you study.
I also offer workshops to groups, providing information on well-being, resilience and stress management.
Support for Veterinary Professionals-
Working in veterinary practice can be demanding and sometimes the stress associated can cause the need to take time off and recharge. Being a qualified RVN gives me the experience to understand your feelings and help you find the best way to balance work and life.
Supervision for counsellors and health professionals-
As a supervisor, I offer support sessions to Counsellors and Health professionals, enabling the opportunity to discuss their work and practice professionally.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA Hons (1st Class) Counselling Studies
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling (Level 5)
- Advanced Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Level 4)
- Certificate in Helping Skills (NCFE)
- Childhood Grief & Loss Levels 1 & 2
- Cornwall Rape & Sexual Abuse Training Programme
- Applied Suicide Intervention Training
- Certificate in Education
- Registered Veterinary Nurse; Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
- Sessional work; working 1:1 and groups at The Dreadnought Young Peoples Centre.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Pet Bereavement therapy
Preparing for the loss of a pet.
I can offer an initial session, so that we can get to know each other and see if we feel comfortable working together for more sessions- £20
Other sessions will each be 50 minutes and the fee is £40
Online sessions are 50 minutes and the fee is £30
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 6.30pm
In some circumstances I can offer sessions outside of these hours and at weekends.
I work in a private, comfortable room within a Therapy Centre that offers a variety of other personal therapies. Therefore, if you are worried about keeping your attendance private, no one will know which type of therapy appointment you are having.
You can either e-mail me via this website or telephone me to arrange an initial session. We will then decide a suitable time to suit you.
There is no obligation to continue with sessions after the initial meet session and you can have as few or as many sessions as you require.