I initially trained in English and French literature at Queen’s University Belfast and worked briefly as a civil servant and as a teacher both in UK and abroad before marriage and the birth of my four children.
Thirty years ago I retrained first as a community worker, working mainly with women and young people on a large council estate, and then as a social worker, gaining experience of working in a drug and alcohol unit, in a Local Authority Children and Families team, in an NHS hospice, and, for five years, in a Community Mental Health team.
In 1995 I trained as a counsellor and worked in an NHS Psychotherapy team, a project for adults who had suffered sexual abuse as children, and two community counselling services. I then spent five years as a counsellor and then senior counsellor in a college of Further Education. I also trained as a mediator with Swale Mediation Service. More recently I have undergone training in existential therapy.
I now run a home-based private practice where I see individuals and couples for both short-term and open-ended therapy. I also offer supervision to counsellors and counselling students, and personal development therapy to counselling students.
- Diploma in Counselling from the University of Kent
- Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy from the School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology at Regent’s College, London
- MA/CQSW from University of Kent
- Senior Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Snr. Accred)
- Member of the Society for Existential Analysis
I am bound by BACP’s Ethical Framework (see www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework)
How I work
I offer a safe confidential setting in which you can express feelings and thoughts and explore your experiences. I consider that you are the real expert on your own life, and that I am there to stand alongside you, and to help you to express thoughts and feelings which you may never have shared, or been unaware of, and to listen to and acknowledge your experiences with respect. This in itself may bring relief and make things clearer. Together we can reflect on and try to make sense of your experiences and what they mean to you, take stock of your way of being in the world, be clear about your values, examine your beliefs and sometimes find new perspectives which will widen your choices and help you to plan ways forward.
My way of working is an existential phenomenological one, which is a philosophical way of looking at life experiences and focuses on how we are living our lives at the moment and what is important to us.
I also use my training as an integrative therapist to draw on other theoretical concepts which may help to throw light on past and present experiences, and when appropriate introduce CBT as a method of facilitating specific change.