My journey to becoming a counsellor
I have a broad and varied working experience, with both young people and adults. I have worked in the voluntary sector, supporting people’s mental health through art and gardening, and as a counsellor with adults in a centre providing low-cost counselling.
I worked for many years in a secondary school providing pastoral support and Thrive sessions for teenagers with trauma-based emotional and behavioural difficulties. The philosophy of ‘Thrive’ is to address young people’s emotional and attachment needs through creativity and play, offering a nurturing and attuning environment. Working in this context contributed to a growing desire to deepen my understanding and skills in counselling and to be able to support adults, as well as young people, to process difficult and traumatic experiences. I went on to complete the Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the Iron Mill College in Exeter in 2019.
I am passionate about the place of the Arts in society and in our lives and believe strongly that we need creative outlets. In 2007 I completed a Fine Art Degree, specialising in Printmaking. For many years I was a committed member of the Double Elephant Workshop in Exeter. A few years later I studied a Foundation Course in Art Therapy and this also motivated me to study counselling and understand more of how we process difficult and traumatic experiences, physically, mentally and emotionally. I enjoy working in a creative way in the counselling room when it feels right for the client.
I currently work part-time as a counsellor in a GP Surgery in Okehampton, providing free sessions to eligible adults over 18. I also run my own private practice in Exmouth and offer sessions to adults aged 18 and over.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and I work to their framework of ethics. I am also registered with the Information of Commissioner’s Register of Data Controllers (ICO). I have regular supervision for my work and am fully insured. I keep accurate notes of my contact with all my clients, and adhere to GDPR in storing any data.
BSc Rural Environment Studies
BA Hons in Fine Art
Foundation Course in Art Therapy (Insider Art, Exeter)
Certificate in Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill)
Transactional Analysis (TA 101) Iron Mill
Asist Suicide intervention Training, Pete’s Dragons
Workshops on trauma, shame, domestic violence, working with the inner child, working creatively
Areas of counselling I deal with
Anxiety and depression
Grief and bereavement
Stress (including work-related stress)
Traumatic life experiences