Previously I worked in the Defence and Aerospace industry for 15 years, including a period of commissioned service with the Royal Air Force. I understand the pressures of working in fast paced, demanding environments, whilst striving to maintain a work-life balance constantly juggling various commitments and responsibilities.
I was drawn to the work of Carl Rogers’ Person Centred counselling. I find this to be a liberating approach which allowed me to discover who I really am instead of living this ideal persona created over the years to seek the approval of my parents, teachers, peers, friends, work colleagues and society.
How did I get here? I was unfulfilled and searching for something. I’d lost my creativity, passion, imagination and spirituality consequently I led a sterile, institutionalised and robotic existence basically going through life on auto-pilot, frustrated and very bored. I enrolled on a course and what started out to be self development evolved into therapeutic counselling training. After years of commitment, hard work, facing and embracing my fears, I ‘woke up’ feeling alive, empowered and in control of my own life. Through creative exploration, meditation and the application of mindfulness ’something’ was re-awoken and now I live life rather than simply exist!
My specialisms are: bereavement and loss; cancer counselling; counselling for trauma or loss during pregnancy or birth. Mindfulness is a useful tool for helping clients to be present and in the moment. We tend to either live in the past or project onto the future and if we are to bring about any change, we need to start with the now. I work privately as a full time counsellor and for two charities: Big C cancer charity (at the James Paget Hospital, Gorleston); Petals charity (Pregnancy Expectations and Trauma and Loss Society, at Ipswich Hospital) and in private practice.
Clients can be seen face to face from the Harmony Centre IP19 9BB https://theharmonycentre.com/
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications:
Trauma with National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, Sep 2017
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course, June 2016
Working with Cancer in Counselling & Psychotherapy, June 2015
Level 4 Dip. in Therapeutic Counselling, CPCAB '14
Cruse Bereavement Training '12.
Level 3 Counselling Studies, CPCAB '12
Level 2 Listening Skills, CPCAB '11
PETALS charity - still birth, neonatal deaths, pregnancy loses and terminations.
Private Counselling Practice.
Big C, Norfolk Cancer Charity - Counselling cancer sufferers and anyone affected by cancer.
St Elizabeth's Hospice, Suffolk.
Cruse UK Bereavement Charity - Bereavement Counsellor.
New Dawn Counselling Agency, Weston-Super-Mare - general counselling.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 for 50 minutes
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Except Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends
Types of client