"I have lived and worked in Devon for nearly 20 years, drawn to move here by the rich combination of sea, moor and hedgerow. My early life saw me studying languages, travelling, and working with children, then my own personal experience of counselling led me to choose it as a career.
I have been involved with counselling since 2006, and qualified as a Gestalt therapeutic counsellor in 2012.
I chose to train in Gestalt because it is a relational therapy, and I value the warmth, authenticity and acceptance that can be experienced in the relationship between client and counsellor, which is often deeply healing in and of itself."
Gestalt also focuses on a creative and collaborative way of working together, and I enjoy developing with the client a flexible, experimental approach in order to help them grow in self-awareness.
I am experienced in the use of a range of creative tools and materials which can help the client gain new insights, such as sandtray, art therapy, visualisation/imagework, and body mindfulness.
Having previously worked in education for many years, and motivated by understanding the emotional needs of young people, I chose to extend my training to specialise in working with young people from the age of 16 years onwards.
I now see adults, couples and young people for sessions ranging from several weeks to a couple of years.
I work as a counsellor in a local sixth form college, as well as seeing clients privately in Exeter.
Professional Qualifications & Training
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Gestalt Counselling (BACP Accredited course)
Professional Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People (National Counselling Society accredited)
Advanced Specialist Diploma in Relationship Counselling (National Counselling Society accredited)
Trained as a Volunteer Grief Support Worker with "Balloons" Bereavement charity.
In addition to these extended courses, I have explored and received training in subjects of deeper interest to me: damaged patterns within the parent-child bond (attachment disorders); trauma and shame in the body; loss and grief in childhood; compassionate mindfulness; and visualization for healing & relaxation.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I Follow the BACP's Ethical Framework which means I have regular supervision with a qualified, experienced supervisor and ongoing professional training. I also ensure that I use resources that support my own personal development and wellbeing.