Experiencing some profound life changing events stopped me in my tracks and allowed me to take time out to reflect on what I really wanted to do in life and in doing so, discover my true path.
I underwent three years of professional training to become an integrative counsellor, which included 40 hours of personal therapy so I understand what it feels like to talk through our innermost fears and anxieties. I graduated with a BACP accredited Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling from the University of Worcester.
I have always been passionate about empowering people to overcome hurdles to achieve their goals, and before training to become a counsellor I worked as a community support worker for a charity supporting people with sight loss. Prior to that, I taught adults in further education organisations for over 17 years.
In addition to being a counsellor, I am a lecturer for local counselling training providers and a welfare support worker for a charity that supports the emotional and physical wellbeing of military and emergency service veterans.
An advocate for life-long professional and personal development, my next challenge is to study for a BSc (Hons) in Counselling, with a focus on Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), CBT, Mindfulness and research into nature based therapy, to enhance my knowledge and skills.
Originally from the Midlands, living in the beautiful Devon landscape and with nature on the doorstep, has inspired me to reconnect with my love of nature and explore the benefits of nature based therapy which can be a gentler and creative approach for clients who may feel a bit anxious about traditional face-to-face counselling.
Whatever you need to talk about, I draw on professional knowledge and skills, and my own life experience to help you to cope with your own challenges.