My Career so far
'People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color." I don't do that. I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.' - Carl Rogers
Who am I?
I am an individual like you. I am different. I am neurodiverse and I have lived through my own experiences and I have been where you are. I have been through my own therapeutic journey, training and experience and I have learnt.
Parallel to my counselling roles, I have chosen to have a diverse career working in different environments, to enable me to support adults, young people and families from different backgrounds
Children aged 6-18 who needed emergency accommodation
Individuals aged 8-25 with significant learning and physical challenges
Looked after Children aged between 5-21
Adults with a diagnosis or traits of Borderline Personality Disorder/EUPD
Young people aged 13-18 from psychiatric hospitals who needed specialist support to integrate back into society
Young women and Adults aged 14+ who were detained in psychiatric hospitals
Secondary school children (11-16) in a mainstream school. SEND requirements and emotional and behavioural needs
Adult have suffered childhood sexual abuse and exploitation
Children aged 8-18 who had suffered sexual abuse
Males aged 11-21 who exhibit sexually harmful behaviours.
Children aged 11-18 who had experienced, and were experiencing, being sexually exploited.
Schedule one offenders aged 13+
Through my career I have progressed to management, have gained qualification in every different sector, and have an extensive portfolio of specialist training.
My enhanced DBS and safeguarding training requirements have been continuously updated throughout my career and are both not due to expire until 2022.
My specialities (but not exclusively), are:
Neurodiversity. Autism. Asperger's. ADHD.
Suicidal ideation and Self-injury
Gender identity and sexuality
Abuse. Including historical.
Confidence and self-esteem
Within our first telephone contact, we will explore what you would like to gain from Counselling, and explore whether we both feel we are a good fit for each other.
'The kind of caring that the client-centered therapist desires to achieve is a gullible caring, in which clients are accepted as they say they are, not with a lurking suspicion in the therapist's mind that they may, in fact, be otherwise. This attitude is not stupidity on the therapist's part; it is the kind of attitude that is most likely to lead to trust, to further self-exploration, and to the correction of false statements as trust deepens.' - Carl Rogers