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 Qualifications
BSc Hons Psychology, Dip. Counselling, MBACP

I am a qualified Humanistic and Integrative Counsellor - Gestalt, Person Centred, Transactional Analysis.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I work to the Ethical Framework, which guides me to work ethically and safely. I attend regular Clinical Supervision and I am committed to my personal and professional development, in attending further training and workshops.

Experience

I have worked for 18 years in health and social care, with older people and then with people with mental health needs. Most of my previous work has been with people who have diagnosable/diagnosed mental health conditions, to supporting family members of people who struggle with their mental health. This included depression, anxiety, complex needs or psychosis. I have often worked together with family units on roles, dynamics and communication. I am also trained to deliver courses in mental health to family members and other professionals.

I am often moved by people’s personal stories and how mental health has featured within cultures and generations, from what is unsaid, to ways of coping and what we now know and recognise as stigma surrounding mental health. I often find that recovery is about supporting people to belong and have meaningful connections with others, to discover who they are now and identify their strengths, both to build on and to find.

Some of my areas of interest and experience are: 

Anger
Anxiety
Bereavement and loss
Carer Support
Conflicting thoughts and feelings
Dementia
Depression
Loneliness and isolation
Low self esteem
Patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving 
Relationship and family issues
Sexuality
Spirituality
Work related stress