About me

I adapt my counselling approach to suit your needs. Everyone is different with different needs, so I offer a bespoke approach.

I use various counselling approaches in my work. This may include focussing on what’s happening in the present and using cognitive strategies to bring about improvements, or looking at your thoughts and how these affect how you feel and act.

In addition, I am qualified to use a 'psychodynamic'  or ‘psychotherapeutic’ approach .In simple terms, this means exploring how events and influences from childhood might impact on later life. Any behaviours or feelings in the present that seem to be echoes from childhood might  benefit from being revisited and explored, with a view to effecting positive change in your life.

And previously...

Following studies in Languages and Classics at Bristol University, my early career was as primary school teacher in Bristol. Moving from there, I specialised in teaching pre-school children with disabilities and supporting their families, as a Portage teacher in Surrey. This was such a privilege and brought me in contact with some really inspiring families.

As Parent Governor of a secondary school for students with severe learning difficulties, I had the opportunity of seeing many young people with profound disabilities progress and develop. It really was a privilege to watch them grow in confidence and independence, and to have been part of such an inspiring and happy school.

Later, as co-founder and co-manager of an organisation which offers emotional support to parents of children newly diagnosed with a disability, I discovered the beneficial effects of sharing strong emotions. I trained group members to support each other as they described their own experiences of receiving the news of disability in their child. This experience brought so much positive energy and hope into the lives of both befrienders and the parents they were supporting.

As Transition Adviser at Guildford College, I supported adults considering returning to study or looking for work. Re-visiting past work experiences in a positive way helped my clients discover both transferable skills and appreciate their own personal resources, bringing new self confidence and relieving feelings of low self-worth and depression.

At the 'Butterfly' Macmillan Centre at Epsom Hospital, I offered counselling to cancer patients and their families. I learnt so much from my experience at this wonderful, supportive centre about the challenges faced by people going through cancer treatments and their loved ones and felt humbled by their courage and personal strength.

As mother to a wonderful, severely autistic son, now 21, I have in-depth experience of Autism, Asperger Syndrome and Tourettes Syndrome and am trained and experienced in delivering an Applied Behavioural Analysis programme (‘Lovaas’).