I live in East Lancashire with my partner and two daughters. I have relocated to many different locations over the years and can finally call my house a home. I love being out in the fresh air, whether its going for a run or walk, it’s important for me to take care of my own mental and emotional wellbeing.
Why did I become a counsellor?
For many years I wanted to retrain as a counsellor however never felt the time was right to take the leap because of having a young family. As time went by I began to lose my own identity and began to question who I was. At a crossroad in my life, I made the decision to change careers and have thoroughly enjoyed the journey I have been on and absolutely love my job.
I have always worked with children with and without Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) in education and residential settings. This career has supported the transition to become a counsellor because of the recognition of being able to build up positive, trusting relationships with others as well as encouraging them to meet their own potential. I understand the difficulties and stress education staff and children are put under as well as the pressure to achieve academic success. I have experience of working with a wide range of age groups including young people aged 14 years onwards. I understand how difficult the teenage years can be and the issues that surrounding this.
I have previously worked with a national organisation offering therapy in schools in Lancashire working in a creative way and worked as a volunteer counsellor at Rochdale District Mind for the last 3 years offering face to face and telephone counselling supporting a very diverse range of clients and issues.
Whilst training as a counsellor I continued to work part time and look after my children. It was exhausting at times however through determination, passion and support networks I was able to achieve my goal of becoming a qualified counsellor. Whilst training I accessed counselling myself to overcome the loneliness I felt when having my daughter due to the trauma I experienced. I have real life experience of counselling, I understand how apprehensive it can be to reach out and the thoughts that can go round in our minds of how it works and whether it will be beneficial.
I am a fully qualified counsellor with up to date indemnity insurance, a clear enhanced DBS certificate, GDPR compliant and a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) where I adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I participate in Continued Professional Development (CPD) throughout the year to develop my knowledge and skills. In May 2020 I completed 80hrs of CPD from the Counselling Tutor Online and Telephone Counselling course. I am always looking to develop and stretch myself as a counsellor and bring this into the counselling room when appropriate. In December 2020 I attended an Integral Eye Movement Therapy Course (IEMT) and have now qualified as a practitioner. If IEMT is something which interests you please check out the information on the home page.
I invite you to get into contact for a free 20-minute telephone conversation where we can talk about the kind of support you are looking for and to learn more about me and the way I work.
My qualifications and further training:
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Counselling Skills
- Level 2 Counselling Skills
- Online and Telephone Counselling Course
- Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children
- Integral Eye Movement Therapy training (IEMT)
- Safe Talk and Asist suicide awareness/prevention training
- BA (Hons) Learning Difficulties