I have been counselling since 1998, currently working in private practice as an associate counsellor for several EAPs (employee assistance programmes), and in the hospice movement. I work with individuals, couples and young people. My hospice work involves patients and their carers and families. I have experience of counselling in a GP practice, schools (mainstream and special) and college, working with young people with physical and learning disabilities, their parents or carers, and also with adults with acquired brain injury. I also carry out assessments for organisations involved in accident claims. I have worked with an organisation which provides housing for young homeless and young offenders, and with a specialist organisation supporting adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma.

Many of my clients, however, are members of the general public who find themselves coping with work stress, family and relationship difficulties, persisting effects of childhood or other traumas, anxiety, depression, significant life events such as bereavement, illness and other losses. Many of these issues are difficult to talk about with family or friends, and professional counselling is able to offer a safe and confidential opportunity to discuss these things freely without judgement or criticism.

There are many approaches to the counselling process, (referred to as ’models’). My work is underpinned by the person-centred model. My initial training integrated a variety of models, which enables me to select the method most suited to each individual client at the appropriate point in our process. The models I use most frequently are my person-centred base, along with brief therapy, CBT, solution-focussed, brief psychodynamic and narrative. I can offer a variety of techniques to specific issues: EMDR NLP and EFT.

I am also a full member of the National Hypnotherapy Society, having qualified in clinical hypnotherapy in 2009.

After careers in teaching and journalism and media, my training began with the CSCT certificates in Counselling Theory, Counselling Skills. This was followed by a post graduate Diploma in integrative counselling at the University of Birmingham, Westhill. I also hold a Certificate in Counselling Supervision, offering supportive supervision to fellow counsellors and others in caring professions whose work can impact directly on the worker, such as teachers, NHS staff and workers in the legal field and related professions.

I work in Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon. I have enhanced DBS, full insurance, and have completed training in child protection and working with vulnerable adults.