It is important that you feel comfortable with any therapist you work with, so thanks for taking the time to read a bit more about me.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), am on the BACP Register and hold the BACP Certificate of Proficiency. I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psycotherapy, and am fully insured with Professional Liability Insurance.
Several years ago, when my daughter was very young, I was widowed. Therefore, I have a special interest in the areas of grief, loss and change. But grief is not just about death. Grief can occur with the end of a relationship; a loss or change of job or home; children leaving home; or the arrival of a baby. Or you may be a couple whose relationship is struggling.
It may feel that even though you still talk about everyday things – what’s on the telly, who’s doing the dishes etc. you never really talk, and you feel so alone. Or one of you may have had an affair, or be seriously tempted to have an affair, and the feelings brought about by that are terrible. All of these, and many other life events can cause a change of identity and status that can bring feelings that are difficult to manage.
In our society, there is a pressure to push our grief aside – to “get on with it”. Yet, ultimately these feelings will surface elsewhere. I believe strongly that mind, body and spirit are linked – we may become ill because of the ‘dis-ease’ which we feel at the things that have happened to us.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I work from a peaceful and calm room with large, comfortable sofas for you to sit on, with a hot or cold drink ready for you on arrival if you wish.
If you are not in Nottinghamshire, I can also provide Skype Counselling sessions, if we both decide that that is appropriate.
In the past, I have worked supporting people in various agencies for several years; from the Probation Service to Social Services, and within the last few years have worked as a Counsellor for Age Concern, Connexions and Relate.
I have counselled people aged 5 to 86, spanning a wide range of issues and situations.
However, experience has taught me that no two people are alike so I work differently with everyone. In this way your sessions are always tailored to you.
My therapy training and qualifications
- 8 week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) -Revision-u-Counselling
- Counselling Clients with Aspergers – Praxis
- Counselling Children – The Relate Institute and The Institute of Child Mental Health
- Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Counselling Skills (with Distinction) – Chrysalis
- MA Humanistic Counselling Practice (with Distinction) – University of Nottingham
- Working with anger in therapy
- The Impact of Domestic Violence on Women and Children
- Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) Level 3 in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Level 2 in Counselling Skills