There may be times in your life when things become overwhelming or confusing, where relatively small problems become real obstacles and you may find yourself really suffering inside that you cannot explain or come to terms with. Taking the first steps to meet with someone who may be able to help is just the beginning but more often than not the most challenging step to take...
I am dedicated, experienced and professional in my work, I work hard to support you to enable you to see things more clearly & to focus on feelings, experiences and behaviour with an end goal to facilitate positive change and a sense of empowerment.
In a safe and confidential way, I can bring about a new awareness, an understanding of yourself and any issues. Over the years, I have worked in a variety and range of situations, using my skills and experience to help others through periods of difficulty, self-development and transformation.
My journey has been far from easy. I come from a large and complex family background that has given me first hand experience of life's complications and I witnessed severe depression & mental health, high levels of anxiety, alcoholism and suicide, as I was growing up. I am now in my late 40's and have my own family that has thrown up a wide range of challenges and complications, as modern life and the pressures family and society can only do.
Training, qualifications & experience
Some time ago I realised that what I had witnessed was fairly common in today's society and I became committed to supporting others through difficult times, using both my first hand experience, professional methods, practices and qualifications.
I have an Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and am a Member of National Counselling Society. This means I adhere to a professional and ethical framework and am regularly supervised.
In addition, I have taken a range of courses to include;
- Understanding Abusive Relationships,
- Neuro Linguistic Programming,
- Working with Trauma & Disassociation,
- Safe Guarding Young People and Vulnerable Adults.
I am fully insured and have a clear DBS.
My career has included working in the Prison Service HMP Exeter as a family liaison officer, helping to support the families of prisoners through difficult periods and in particular with the absence of a family member. I have also played a part in the NHS, working in two departments; The Gender & Sexual Medicine Clinic and The Depression and Anxiety clinic.
I am currently working at The Zone in Plymouth, which is the largest youth organisation in Devon, supporting 13 to 25 year olds through difficult times involving issues such as;
- Suicide Tendencies
- Low Self-Esteem
- dealing with and living with ADHA and Autism.
I have also supported a range of people, of all ages, through complex family issues, such as;
- Domestic Violence
- Panic Attacks
- Sexual Abuse
- Body Confidence
- Dissociative Identity Disorder
I am very aware of today's life pressures that are born from social media activities and the sense that one has to conform.
I feel privileged in my work that you are comfortable and reassured enough to share some of your most difficult challenges and issues with me and I strive at all times to assist you to improve your circumstance, have a more fulfilling and rewarding life.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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
If you would like to contact me to see if I am the right person & find out whether I could support you then please call me today on 07710 788468.
- one hour individual adult session £45
- one hour young person session £40
My work involves a range of different therapies and skills, I treated you as an individual allowing for autonomy and I provide a safe confidential space for us to gently explore any issues. I will respect your vulnerably in a caring non-judgemental way and help you recognise your strengths so that you can have a choice to change if that is what is right for you.