A little more about me…
My fascination with human behaviour stretches back over 20 years. This led me on a lifelong exploration! After undertaking many roles and therapeutic trainings, I continue to raise my awareness and understanding. The way we behave, way we interact, and the impact will always keep me curious.
After studying Psychology at University in 2003, I quickly found myself drawn towards mental health. My interest around theories and studies grew about how we diagnose and treat.
Following my graduation, I began working with adults who had learning difficulties. I was fascinated with how quickly staff would medicate when behaviour became difficult. This encouraged me to look at alternative ways to support. Just talking allowed me to gain an understanding of how they may be feeling. It wasn’t rocket science; it was simple human connection.
In 2005, I began my work with young people. Over the last fifteen years, I have watched the increased pressure build for our children and young people. To be successful, beautiful and conform. Exam pressure, anxiety, self-harm, identity, self-confidence, the list goes on. It can be an incredibly difficult time.
My career continued into family work, supporting parents and their children. Working within local authorities and education, I began to see the impact that service cuts were having. It was here that I decided to train as a counsellor. To be able to offer therapeutic support and not just focus on targets was where I needed to be.
My journey to becoming a qualified counsellor
Embarking on a master’s degree in Social, Emotional and Mental Health, my thesis focussed on parents’ engagement with educational and mental health professionals. This included the complex systems that their child was placed in. My findings were astounding, all of the parents I interviewed felt they had lost their identity in some way. They felt overwhelmed, patronised and ignored by the services who were supposed to be supporting them.
I realised that to make significant impact I needed to remove myself from these ‘systems’ and set off on my own.
My journey to becoming a qualified counsellor, has taken me to work in several charities. These include a domestic violence charity, as a school counsellor along with the national charity MIND.
In 2019, I decided to start my own private practice. This was the best decision I ever made! My focus is entirely on my clients. I do not have targets; nor need to demonstrate outcomes. I am able to place my clients at the heart of my work, just as it should be.