Every day I see the positive impact of counselling for the clients I work with. I see clients move from not knowing which way to turn, to making sense of their lives and what their choices may be.
I was inspired to train as a counsellor following my own experiences as someone seeking counselling. I can remember feeling very nervous and unsure as I attended my first appointment. This was quickly replaced by relief when I realised here was a space where I could say whatever I was thinking and feeling. Each week I could have an hour with someone to listen just to me.
Experiencing just how life changing counselling could be, made me curious about it. From this grew an interest to undertake training and in turn to become qualified and work as a counsellor.
My approach as a counsellor has been shaped by my memories of going to counselling. It can feel like a step into the unknown and it takes time to build trust. I am told my open and friendly approach helps put people at ease. Find out more about how I work as a counsellor.
Alongside my professional training and work as a counsellor, I have over 20 years experience working in large organisations to draw upon. During this time I developed an interest in working with people and helping them to be the best they could be.
"Listening to the experience of others with a genuine interest has always been important to me"
I have also got my own life experiences. I know what it is like to juggle a demanding job, family life, studying and trying to look after myself. I have experienced my fair share of life's ups and downs, highs and lows. These life and work experiences, along with my professional training, give me a rich understanding of different life matters.