I believe in courage, creativity, free will and striving. I believe in inclusivity, authenticity and agency. I believe in the power of becoming more aware of ourselves and making sense of the things that happen to us as means to fulfilling our innate potential. I believe that without exception we are always doing the best we can with what we’ve got even when, perhaps especially when, we feel like we’re messing everything up. I believe that we could all do with a little help when we need to turn things around.
The universe is made up of stories, not of atoms. Muriel Rukeyser
A POTTED HISTORY
I was a sensitive child, keen for everybody to feel accepted and understood. I was acutely aware of difference and how some people were ‘othered’ due to fear and ignorance. I was an observer of behaviour and took a great interest in deciphering its meaning. I developed empathy at a young age and observed that other people were often quick to judge.
In my late teens and early twenties I remained people-focused. I studied for a modern languages degree to learn about other cultures. In my spare time I volunteered in multiple initiatives to promote tolerance and reduce disadvantage.
Upon graduating, I chose to develop my career in the voluntary sector working in the field of learning disability. I worked in ‘enabling’ roles before moving into development and project management. I was leading a disability organisation’s national conference programme when I made the key decision to evolve my career in the direction of psychology.
I can’t begin to describe the joy I experienced as the scintillating and magical world of psychology opened up to me. Above all else, I enjoyed the social and relational aspects of psychology – how we relate to one another and who we perceive ourselves to be. And so it was entirely natural for me to go on to complete a degree in counselling and then a post-graduate certificate in coaching. I absolutely love my work. I love helping people to discover their hidden depths and when the penny drops for a person – something they have been grappling with for years suddenly makes sense – the moment is utterly thrilling. It’s challenging work. Sometimes very challenging. And it’s hugely rewarding. I meet so many different people and get to know them in ways other people rarely do. I feel lucky and privileged to do this valuable work.
QUALIFICATIONS AND CERTIFICATES
- Certificate in Working With Couples (Leeds Centre for Psychological Development)
- BACP Certificate of Proficiency (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- EMCC EQA Senior Practitioner Coach (European Mentoring and Coaching Council/Sheffield Hallam University)
- PgCert in Coaching and Mentoring (Sheffield Hallam University)
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (CPCAB/The Open University)
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB/Doncaster College)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB/Doncaster College)
- Graduate Basis for Chartership (British Psychological Society)
- Conversion Diploma in Psychology (The Open University)
- BA Dual Hons (University of Sheffield)
- Considerable experience as counsellor working with issues arising from abuse, neglect and attachment difficulties such as low self-confidence, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, relationship issues, depression, addiction, self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
- Experience as life coach working to improve social isolation and personal agency in Disabled people and people with long term health conditions including learning disabilities and mental health issues.
- Two decades working in non-clinical roles with people with a learning disability, physical disability, mental ill-health and/or sensory impairment.
- Significant experience working with issues arising from acquired disability, diagnosis of ill-health, pre-natal diagnosis, caring responsibilities and being the focus of hate crime.
- Counselling agency experience working with women who have experienced domestic violence, abuse and/or rape either as children or adults or both.
- Counselling agency experience working with young people with a range of attachment issues and related concerns.
- Employment in the third sector from 1995-2015 including multiple collaborations with public sector organisations.
- Alongside my coach-therapy practice I run a business offering specialist room hire to other therapists.
- Winner of the New Business Innovation award – for Diagonal Mentoring™ awarded in 2017 by the Open University in partnership with Santander.
- EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council – membership since 2016)
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy – membership since 2014)
- BACP Coaching Division (membership since 2014)
- BPS (British Psychological Society – membership since 2012)
- BPS Division of Counselling Psychology (membership since 2012)