I am a professionally qualified counsellor and an accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists). This means I work within the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I specialise in supporting families who have experienced difficulties around pregnancy and childbirth, as well as those who work as health professionals. I offer face to face (circumstances permitting) and virtual/Zoom or telephone counselling.
In my professional life I have worked both as a nurse and within the NHS as a midwife for over 30 years. Alongside this, I have worked as a counsellor supporting a diverse range of clients in a variety of settings, both in the voluntary sector and NHS, since 2014.
I developed an interest in trauma focussed therapy in 2010 when I developed a Birth Reflections service within my NHS Trust, which supported both men and women who had experienced birth trauma and/or loss. I have become an accredited professional by the Foundation for Infant Loss, and a certified trauma practitioner.
My core approach to counselling is psychodynamic, which explores how past experiences may impact current thoughts and behaviours. My counselling practice is to offer a service which is based around the individual needs of my clients which may include techniques to help manage anxiety and distress.
I believe these experiences have equipped me with the unique skills I need to help my clients navigate their struggles to a more positive way of being. I aim to facilitate my clients to find their inner strength as they gain insight and understanding into their thoughts and feelings.
Qualifications and relevant training
Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals (2020), Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (2020), Foundation for Infant Loss Professional (2019), Rewind Practitioner (2018), Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2017), Certificate in Counselling Skills (2012), Registered Midwife NMC (1988), Registered Nurse (1985)