I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor with a Postgraduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling from the University of Brighton.
I have experience of supporting adults facing a wide range of challenges at an NHS Talking Therapies service and ELMS, a community counselling charity.
I have also volunteered at the Information and Advice Service at Mind in Brighton and Hove.
Before becoming a counsellor I worked for many years for the charity sector and taught English as a Second Language, as well as setting up and running a Meetup group for people wanting to get to know others in their local community.
Areas of interest
I have a particular interest in the feelings of loneliness that many of us can experience at any age, perhaps especially in our modern world. We may feel isolated as a result of no longer living close to family or friends or through bereavement. Alternatively we may have lots of people in our lives but somehow feel disconnected or alienated from them.
Loneliness in our society can sometimes have a stigma attached to it, and we may feel a sense of shame or failure as a result, making it harder to admit to others that we are feeling this way. Counselling can be one way of exploring feelings of loneliness in a safe space.
As part of my training I had counselling myself so have an insight into what it can be like as a client and of finding innovative ways to deal with difficulties in my own life.