People see a counsellor for many reasons, not just that they are feeling there is a crisis. On having counselling some people say; “I don’t want someone telling me what to do”. Counselling is not someone telling you what to do, it is an opportunity to explore in confidence whatever is troubling you. The counselling relationship offers you time and space and is without judgment. Sometimes we just want somebody to talk to who is trained to listen, someone who is present and interested.
My training in integrative, I adapt the therapeutic approaches to work with the person as a whole using Person Centred Theory, Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
I have worked with adults and young people (16+) with a wide range of issues such as anxiety and relationship problems.
I am a registered member of the BACP and NCS and undertook my training at Heartwood in Dartington South Devon. I have completed my Level 4 Diploma and Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. I also hold a Batchelor of Law (LLB) from Nottingham Trent University.
I completed my placements at Dartmouth Children's Centre and Kingsbridge Community College, as well as volunteering for Mind in Plymouth and Counselling 4 Carers. I have now established my own private practice. My therapy room is in a discreet location in the centre of Kingsbridge.
How I became a counsellor
Sometime in my mid-twenties, I didn't feel like myself. I was miserable and nothing seemed to make a difference. I visited my GP and told him how I felt. I thought he would give some tablets that would help me feel better and that would be it. But he didn't, he put me on the waiting list for counselling. I'm not sure how long I waited but I'd forgotten all about it and out of the blue came a call that my name was at the top of the list. We made an appointment which would take place at the surgery.
I was anxious but intrigued, relived that I would have a safe place to share my thoughts.
My first few sessions were a bit of a blur. I went for my 6 sessions from the NHS. I've learnt since becoming a counsellor that entry into counselling is a unique experience for each of us.
6 months later, on a Sunday, I was ironing (strange the details I remember!) I felt a need to see the counsellor again. I don't know why or what it was, but it was a pull. I tracked her down on the internet and made an appointment and my real discovery into myself started there.
After a while I felt drawn to being a counsellor, but didn't mention it as I thought that I had to have my whole life sorted before training, and that everyone who went ended up wanting to become a counsellor, turns out that's not the case at all! I wanted to train as I knew the change that it had had on my life and wanted to be part of someone else's change.
I found a course and spent 3 years becoming qualified. There was lots of self-discovery and going outside my comfort zone. But it was a fascinating journey and I met some interesting people along the way.
I have seen a therapist off and on since then. For me it's like going to the gym for my emotional health and I appreciate this may not suit everyone. Being in therapy has given me so many tools that have improved the way I see myself and others.
Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
LLB Degree Law
Continuous Professional Development including:
Young people (16+)
Level 2 Understanding Autism