I am a BACP registered and insured person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist, artist and writer in Staffordshire, UK. I have a specialist interest in the use of the creative arts in therapy particularly when working with trauma and loss.
MSc. Counselling & Psychotherapy (Merit) (Keele University) Dissertation :- Heuristic Enquiry ‘Fear of being an artist’
BSc. (Hons) Health & Social Care 2:1 (The Open University)
RN (DipHE) Adult Nursing (RGN/RN) (Staffordshire University)
British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Registered member and I work within the BACP Ethical Framework. You can find out more here:- https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/
I have extensive experience of working with mental illness, anxiety, depression, bereavement and loss, domestic and sexual abuse/violence, trauma – PTSD/C-PTSD, chronic illness such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia, and spiritual crisis.
My previous work includes working as a NHS staff nurse in A&E (15 years), a counsellor for a bereavement charity (8 years) and domestic and sexual violence charity (2 years). These experiences have provided me with a firm grounding for working with clients with multiple and complex needs.
I have worked therapeutically with groups and one-to-one, in both formal and informal settings. I currently work with adults.
Alongside my private practice, I have previously worked as a professional trainer for the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing and Recovery College (March 2019-Oct 2020). This included training on Anxiety, depression, creative writing, nature for wellbeing courses, support calls and enrolments. (*Disclaimer – Any views expressed on this website are entirely my own and not those of my employer).
Continuing Professional Development – specialist training
Online and Telephone Counselling Training (80 hours CPD)
Bereavement and Loss – sudden death, death by suicide, child bereavement, trauma.
Sexual Abuse/violence (including GM)
Chronic Pain management
Creative arts therapy