A BIT ABOUT ME


I live in the village of Blockley, near Moreton-in-Marsh, in the North Cotswolds. As well as my work,  I enjoy music, theatre, walking,  artwork and the countryside.    
                                 

Before training in counselling, I worked  professionally for many years, in health settings (hospitals and clinics in all specialisms, (incl. psychiatric) - helping individuals, couples and families who were struggling with very difficult  personal situations, physical or psychological illness, trauma or loss.

 As a counsellor, I have worked in health centres, GP surgeries and in private practice
for over 12 years in Suffolk and Cambridge, before moving to Gloucestershire 16 years ago. Since Gloucestershire no longer has counsellors based in GP Surgeries, I now run my own small practice.


I have also worked in child guidance (mainly relationship counselling + some family therapy work) and, over the years,  voluntarily,  in a Young Persons' Counselling Agency, in Palliative Care and in a Sure Start family centre.


In the NHS I worked with all sorts of people and problems - especially in the areas of bereavement (and other major loss), depression, relationship difficulties (of all kinds), health issues, stress, trauma, abuse, major life changes, family problems, and job difficulties. But I have many years of  experience counselling for a wide variety of emotional and life difficulties.


Having worked with couples (as well as individuals) for many years,I now only offer individual (1-1) counselling. I work from a lovely summerhouse in the garden of my home.   It is a peaceful and therapeutic setting.  Free parking is available nearby.

                                            QUALIFICATIONS:

                          

                              BACP Counsellor Accreditation*1997 - 2015

                                       

                                        BACP Registered from 2014*

   
                     3-year WPF Counsellor Training Certificate  1985-88

                     Westminster Pastoral Foundation Affiliate*, Ipswich

                           PG Diploma in Applied Social Studies   1984
                                              London University

                                        (Placement: Institute of Family Psychiatry)

   

                                                  PQ WPF Certificate in CBT Skills   2008

                                             Westminster Pastoral Foundation, London


  


                                

       * Westminster Pastoral Foundation is UK's main psychodynamic counselling    training agency. My integrative counselling approach was developed over many years of clinical experience and further courses in different approaches.



*BACP (British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapists) is UK's main professional Body for Therapists which requires Accreditation or Registration to denote an acquired standard of  experience and good practice. I am now Registered by BACP.