I previously worked in the HR and recruitment field and, following a sudden personal bereavement, I made the decision to retrain as a counsellor following the benefits I experienced of being able to speak about my loss.
I began my training and was fortunate to have a volunteer placement in a local hospice. This volunteer role will always be special for me as it allowed me to access the path I am proud to walk today. I also volunteered in a primary care counselling service receiving time-limited referrals from GP's. This allowed me to gain experience of working in a time-limited, solution-focused way with individuals.
Once qualified I worked as a Counsellor in an NHS service, offering time-limited counselling for common mental health presentations such as anxiety, anger, low mood, depression, relationship issues etc.
Following my time in the NHS I was offered a wonderful opportunity to work in a forward thinking young carers service in County Durham, where I set up a counselling provision for children and young people referred into the service. This was an incredible experience to work with resilient, resourceful children and young people impacted by caring roles. I gained experience of working with colleagues in the local authority, schools, colleges and local community organisations. Whilst in the young carers service I also worked with schools, colleges and organisations across County Durham to develop their understanding of young carers and supporting provision for young carers in these settings.
I moved to work as a Counsellor for a national charity supporting serving members of the armed forces, veterans and family members. This role afforded me the opportunity to gain experience of military life, the camaraderie, effects of transitioning back into civilian life, impacts on family and also the effects of trauma on individuals. This role also gave me the opportunity to support the UK Team who competed in the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia in 2019. I provided solution-focused psychological support to competitors throughout their training camps in the UK, and then flew out to Sydney with the UK Team to provide psychological support to those taking part in the Games.
Following this appointment I spent time working for the Ministry of Defence supporting the mental health of serving members of the UK Armed Forces.
Membership of Professional Bodies
I am a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I am committed to fulfilling the BACP requirements for Continuing Professional Development and regularly undertake training to enhance my practice, skills and personal development. I also attend regular clinical supervision to ensure I am working safely and ethically.