Before training as a therapist, I worked in HR for the BBC. I wasn’t satisfied in the corporate world, and only enjoyed the parts of my job where I could relate to, and help others in some way.
When a life-changing event happened in my personal life, I had a lengthy period of counselling. Experiencing the benefits of therapy first-hand, combined with my yearning for work to be fulfilling and rewarding, inspired me to re-train as a counsellor.
I am a qualified psychotherapist and have an MA in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Nottingham. I am registered with the National Counselling Society (registered number NCS21-00841).
I volunteered at the Human Flourishing Project in Nottingham from September 2019 until December 2021 and I've been working at the University of Nottingham Counselling Service since November 2021. I have experience of working with a wide range of clients with numerous concerns. Some examples include:
Alcohol and drug addiction | adultery | anxiety | bullying | depression | identity, meaning and purpose | loss and bereavement | low self-esteem | personal growth | personality disorders | physical and mental abuse | post-natal depression | PTSD | relationship and interpersonal issues | sexuality | student life | suicidal thoughts | terminal illness | trauma | work and career issues.
There are many different approaches to counselling, which suit different people. In my practice, I work with adults using a humanistic, person-centred approach.
You will be at the heart of your sessions as I see you as the expert on yourself. I won’t tell you what to do, make assumptions about you, or place expectations on you. Instead, I will support you to find your own answers and develop your awareness around the issues affecting you.
Sometimes I might challenge your thoughts, feelings or behaviours as I am able to view them from the ‘outside’. You may come to feel you understand and accept yourself better through person-centred therapy, feeling empowered in making future decisions.
It is important to me to establish a warm, compassionate and genuine therapeutic working relationship with you. I encourage you to take responsibility for your thoughts and actions by creating an environment where we can explore your experiences, feelings and concerns together. I can offer you a safe, supportive and confidential space where you feel you can be completely yourself, free from judgement.
Please note that counselling can be an emotionally demanding experience. It is often helpful to be patient with, and kind to yourself throughout this process.