Originally I qualified as a registered general nurse, but in 1995 I began working with children in an educational environment. For eight years I worked as a learning mentor, and later a counsellor in a large middle school. Six years ago I left to concentrate solely on my private practice and now work from home, but also receive referrals from schools to work with students, parents and staff. I’m also trained to provide supervision for counsellors and psychotherapists.
I also offer therapeutic supervision to employees to explore the impact that work stressors bring, coping with demanding roles and their management of these issues. Therapeutic supervision can protect the staff member from the need to be absent from work due to work related anxiety, therefore enabling them to be a more productive and happier employee. A colleague who has the opportunity to offload their concerns and possible frustrations in a safe therapeutic confidential setting, will be more effective and better able to focus on their professional role.
I have extensive experience, more than 7,000 hours, of working with young people and adults with a very wide range of mild to complex issues. I enjoy the diversity my work brings, affording me the privilege to work with individuals, couples and young people.
I have been trained as an integrative therapist, so I work flexibly, using specific techniques and key concepts drawn from various approaches – blended and tailored to your individual needs. I can apply elements of the main theoretical approaches to my counselling practice, using a psychotherapeutic approach, person centred ways of working, or I may introduce transactional analysis, or cognitive behavioural therapy if appropriate.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and also subscribe to their specialist divisions for Children, Young People and Families, and Private Practice, and I adhere to their professional framework. I am fully insured and hold current DBS certificates obtained from school settings. I work from my private practice in a cosy summerhouse at my home in Flitwick, Bedfordshire, within easy access of junctions 12 and 13 of M1, and a short distance from Steppingley, Ampthill, Clophill, Maulden, Toddington, Greenfield, Flitton, Westoning, Harlington, Barton, Silsoe, Bedford and Milton Keynes.