I am a fully qualified, BACP and ACC registered and insured person-centred counsellor/psychotherapist in Staffordshire. I have a specialist interest in the use of arts and nature in therapy.
My personal healing journey has lead me to a deeper sense of our connectivity to the land and nature, and the healing potential of therapy, specifically when working with trauma. The natural world provides me with the perfect platform for engaging with my internal and external landscapes. I find a sense of peace, healing and self care from spending time in nature, and you can too. Alongside my private practice I am also an artist and writer.
MSc. Counselling & Psychotherapy (Merit) (Keele University)
BSc. (Hons) Health & Social Care 2:1 (The Open University)
Mindfulness Diploma (Open College Network)
Train the Trainer (NHS Trust Wellbeing & Recovery College)
Forest School Leader (NOC)
FD Early Years (EYP – Early Years Professional) Ofsted Outstanding Award
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/
Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) Registered member and I work within the ACC Article of Faith, Vision and Values. You can find out more here:- https://www.acc-uk.org/
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 am a professional and lived experience trainer for the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Wellbeing and Recovery College.
I am particularly interested in the healing aspects of integrating the therapeutic use of experiences in nature, and the arts, when working with trauma.