I am an accredited registrant member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), and I hold an NCS accredited Foundation Degree in Counselling from Plymouth University. I work to the ethical framework set out by the NCS, and I hold an enhanced DBS certificate. I have experience as an NHS staff counsellor and as a volunteer counsellor for Bath Mind.
I began my career as a Registered Nurse on a specialist unit for people with mental health issues, and I have a good understanding of diagnosed mental health conditions.
My background over the past eleven years includes several roles in the voluntary sector; answering a telephone helpline, carrying out carers' assessments, and working as an advocate helping people to navigate NHS treatment, mental health services, social services, and drugs and alcohol treatment. Spending time in these roles emphasised for me the importance of therapy and the significant differences it can make to peoples' lives.
In my private life, I am parent to a large family of adult children. While I cannot be a counsellor for my own children, some of the counselling skills that I have developed have increased my capacity to support them.
Counselling uses all of the skills I have learned throughout my career, and I am constantly studying and finessing my skills to be the best counsellor I can be.