Who I am …..
I have always been interested in people and what motivates individuals to feel, think, act and behave in the ways that they do. Whilst going through some difficult times with my family in the 1990’s, I found myself thinking and looking increasingly at what, in their past, might have influenced the way that different people coped and responded to what life had thrown at them, how they felt and what helped their resilience to challenges. This led to a curiosity about the factors that might support people who were struggling with their lives to develop new perspectives that could make a real difference to their well-being, day to day functioning and relationships.
Initially, this took me in the direction of Psychology, which I studied at the University of the West of England, where I obtained an Honours Degree.
In 2005 I began training as a counsellor at the University of Wales, Newport, where I initially completed a post-graduate certificate in Counselling Skills, followed by a post-graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
During this time, I also worked for Social Services primarily in the provision of activity and support packages for people with a learning disability. This brought me into contact with people who had a diagnosis of autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and mental health diagnoses such as psychosis, although I did not work with them in my capacity as a counsellor.
As a counsellor, I worked as a volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, for a period of six years, providing support for people who have been affected by the death of someone close to them. Also, as a member of the team of counsellors at Southampton University for 3 years, I provided counselling for both staff members and students. I worked, for a time, in private practice in Winchester before relocating to my current address.
Since completing my training, I have continued to develop areas of knowledge and skills. I have an interest in Mindfulness and regularly practice mindfulness on a personal basis.