Alongside my private practice as a fully qualified, registered and insured person-centred counsellor, I’m a writer and fine artist.
My personal healing journey has lead me to a deeper sense of our connectivity to the land and nature, and the healing potential of nature and art as therapy. 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. I blend these experiences into my artwork, to give my experiences a voice, sharing in a more abstract way.
MSc. Counselling & Psychotherapy (Keele University).
BSc. (Hons) Health & Social Care (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 both physical and mental illness, bereavement and loss, domestic and sexual abuse/violence, trauma and PTSD/C-PTSD, chronic illness such as CFS/ME and Fibromyalgia.
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. Working with all age client groups, from pre-school early years to the elderly. I currently work with adults.
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 art and experiences of nature, particularly when working with trauma and spirituality.