- Flexible hours available
I will be unavailable between the 1st August and September 6th 2021
About me and my therapy practice
I have worked as an Integrative Young Person & Adult Counsellor/Mental Health therapist (since 2006) in practice with young people, adults, families, couples and professionals. During my long career I have set up counselling & supervision services in two middle schools and worked with students, staff and parents. I have taught in the field of Counselling and Psychotherapy (2008-2019) as Lecturer/Course Director of the Access to HE Diploma in Counselling at the West Suffolk College in Bury St. Edmunds and worked as the Head of Counselling & Supervision of the Women’s Aid Centre in Bury St. Edmunds (2008-2018), working with women, children, staff and trainee counsellors in placement.
Today, I work solely in private practice, I offer counselling to adults and young people, (I am a qualified Trauma Informed Schools & Communities Practitioner)and counselling and clinical supervision to both trainee and qualified counsellors, and staff of organisations locally. I enjoy studying and research in my professional field and strive to keep my Continuing Professional Development record current and attend workshops regularly as well as undertaking qualifications that aid and are relevant to my work. I have been a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists since 2007, becoming Accredited in 2009 and Senior Accredited in 2015. I am also a senior accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Both membership bodies are accredited by the governments voluntary Professional Standards Authority register (PSA). This guarantees that I have met a high level of training and experience.
Practice descriptionI use an integrative approach to help people who are having difficulties in their life and wish to seek an independent helper to listen and provide a non-judgemental environment in which to explore these difficulties. The therapeutic relationship is an important part of the therapy and i strive to provide a safe, empathic, trusting environment and then work with you to find the best approach that will meet your needs.
TISUK Level 5 Diploma with Distinction in Trauma & Mental Health-Informed Schools & Communities (Practitioner Status)
BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Counselling & Psychotherapy)
Diploma HE (Counselling & Social Sciences)
Advanced Diploma (Integrative Counselling)
NVQ3 + Diploma (Integrative Counselling)
Clinical Supervision Certificate
Diplomas in CBT, Grief Counselling, Child Psychology, Domestic & Family Violence, Anger Management
Cruse Understanding Bereavement Certificate
Accredited Creative Youth Well-Being & Mindfulness coach
Moving your practice online certificate
NCS Accredited Online & Telephone Counselling Course
Certificates may be seen on request if required.
My first session
When we first meet I will explain how I work and gain an understanding of the issues you are bringing to therapy so that we may decide if I am the right person for you and plan a way forwards. I have trained in many theoretical approaches which allows me to use the best approach(es) dependent on your needs and what is most appropriate for you. I can provide online/telephone counselling as well as short and long term face to face counselling. I work from my practice in Hessett (IP30) close to Bury St Edmunds.
May 2006- Sep 2010 Child, Staff and Parent/Family Counsellor Beyton Middle School
Sep 2010-Aug 2013 Beyton Middle School Counselling Service Supervisor
May 2011-Sep 13 Stowmarket Middle School Child & Parent/Family Counsellor
Sep 2011-Sep 2012 External Verifier, Gt.Yarmouth College, Access to HE Diploma in Counselling.
Sep 2014-July 2015 Stowmarket Middle School Counselling Service Supervisor
May 2008- Aug 2018 Head of Counselling & Supervision Services, Women's Aid Centre, Bury St. Edmunds.
Sep 2008- 2019 Course Director/Lecturer Access to HE Diploma in Counselling, West Suffolk College, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
July 2008-Current Counsellor & Supervisor Private Practice
Feb 2019- Current Clinical Supervisor West Suffolk Council, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
*Bupa Approved Therapist (Provider no; 30040043)
What I can help with
Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Development coaching, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Life coaching, Loss, Men's issues, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Sex-related issues, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues
Types of therapy
Brief therapy, CBT, Creative therapy, Humanistic, Integrative, Jungian, Person centred, Phenomenological, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy
Clients I work with
Adults, Couples, EAP, Groups, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people
How I deliver therapy
Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited