Background and experience
I see life as a journey with all its stumbles and frailties and its enormous potential for human growth. “There is nothing stronger than the human spirit.” However, there are times during life’s journey when confusion and bewilderment, turmoil and upheaval, uncertainty and perplexity can take hold. These are times when counselling can be beneficial and lend a helping hand in order to sort through difficult times. I see myself as a facilitator and my aim is to provide clients with a safe place in order to explore the depths of their difficulties.
I initially trained in Psychodynamic Counselling in the1990’s and worked in both a voluntary and a paid capacity, contracted to Social Services. I have worked closely with long term unemployed people enabling them to return to the job market and supported students with disabilities. Beyond this, my life’s journey has taken me into the field of teaching and training where I have taught counselling skills for a number of years.
My latter experience has been working in the Health and Social Care sector, training staff that support people with learning disabilities. It has been my greatest challenge and responsibility to ensure that the staff received appropriate training in order to meet the individual and unique needs of the residents, enabling them to live their lives in safety and with dignity.
Certificate/Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Certificate in Education (Cert.Ed.)
Member of the Society for Education and Training, formally: The Institute for Learning
Continued professional development (CPD)
My fees are £40 per session; however, I can offer a reduced rate for those on a low income.