I am a warm and compassionate counsellor with experience supporting clients from various walks of life. My most recent work has been on a cancer ward (blood cancer) working with inpatients and outpatients as well as family members supporting those living with cancer. My initial training was in university (students), hospice and carer settings.
I work as an integrative counsellor which means I draw on different counselling theories within my work. There is no one size fits all and my approach will always be centred on you as the client and your needs. I won't tell you what to do or make judgements. In our time together we talk and, through talking and questions asked, new ways of thinking, feeling and behaving can develop.
I offer a safe and confidential space in Totnes for you to explore the difficulties you are having.
As a member of the BACP I follow their ethical guidelines and this means that I have regular supervision as well as following current Data Protection regulations and continuing my own professional development.
I have experience in working with a wide variety of issues (listed on the home page). Additionally I have a special interest in loss which is unrelated to death, as well as cancer diagnosis/treatment and chronic/acute health conditions. Please contact me to discuss this further.
I currently work as a volunteer bereavement counsellor in a local hospice.
I am a member of the Westcountry Association for Counselling (WAC).
I believe that our past experiences impact on who we are and what we bring to every relationship. I acknowledge that my experiences as a medical secretary have contributed to who I am now. I developed my role to that of being a support to many patients, their families and carers at difficult and challenging times in their lives and counselling has allowed me to expand on the care and compassion and time to listen to counselling clients that was a small part of that previous role.
My work across 2018/2019 for a charity offering counselling support to patients on a ward was very specialised and has provided a unique opportunity for me to work with a dedicated medical team and meet some inspirational patients on the way. A cancer diagnosis is life altering and impacts in many ways. The right support at the right time can help people identify what they want from their 'new normal' living with the diagnosis and exploring what it means to them. I would like to continue this work into the community now that I'm no longer in the hospital environment.
Additionally, while studying as a mature student for a Diploma in Speech & Language Therapy and experiencing client work in an NHS Voice Clinic I gained insight into how emotional difficulties/trauma can impact on the voice and how counselling can work well alongside voice therapy.
Finally, my experience of receiving counselling for my own challenges reinforced for me that counselling was the career I wanted.