I have 25 years experience as a counsellor (BACP accredited),
couple counsellor (Centre for Gender Psychology) and family
therapist (Institute of Family Therapy).
I am a fully licensed Reverse Therapy practitioner (Reverse Therapy UK Ltd).
Alongside the training mentioned above, I work in a variety of ways depending
on what you may need at the time. Such techniques include:
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) / tapping. I
trained at the institute for Meridian - based Psychotherapy,
and Coaching (IMPC) in London.
- Trauma work. My training includes work at The Centre
for Trauma Studies in Nottingham.
- Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. I trained at CBT-EDU
- Gestalt and Psychosynthesis work. (Pellin Centre, London
and Psychosynthesis UK, Lewes and London).
- Other skills drawn from my work as a therapist.
I have been through many struggles and challenges in my life. It was the need to understand myself and free myself from fear and unhappiness that led me into counselling and therapies.
I have worked in a variety of jobs and roles – with children in schools, children’s homes and in the community, as a care worker and social worker, in a variety of mental health and other social services, with families in distress, with men and in prisons. I set up my private practice in 1997.
I am passionate about my work and committed to helping you to feel heard and respected in whatever you bring.
I also know what has helped me and the thousands of people I have worked with – feeling understood and then getting to a stage of feeling appreciation and love for how well we have done in the face of things, so we can start to stand back from the pain and confusion to see a bigger picture of what is happening and to start to see a way out.
I am now in my 50s and I have developed a way of living and working that draws on all of my life experiences. I would welcome the opportunity of offering this to you.
I also work as a manager, counsellor and trainer for the NHS in Derbyshire and hold my private practice at home in Whatstandwell,
near Matlock, Derbyshire (for all my local patients who come
from Derby, Sheffield, Nottingham and Leicester) where I
live with my partner and 3 cats. I
enjoy playing music and sing in a band.