"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 can over time be a source of healing."
The desire to create a space for relationship and connection is what drives me as a counsellor. I bring to this work a deep understanding of the pain and loss of disconnection and isolation. I believe that we all have the ability to connect in satisfying, meaningful ways but sometimes we need support to re-learn how.
Counselling is a great place to safely explore any behaviours and emotional patterns that may be preventing you from enjoying a fulfilled and connected life. When working with you I will create a warm, empathic therapeutic space which will support you in building a more secure sense of self.
The ability to relate to yourself with self-compassion and mindful awareness is key to developing loving relationships with others, and also to trusting your innate resilience and self-worth.
By learning how to listen and respond to your emotions, and how to develop skills of reflection (rather than impulsive reaction) you can begin to communicate with others from a calm, centred position, and feel more able to cope with life’s stresses.
I have many years’ experience of supporting individual and couple clients from a range of ages and backgrounds, and have received Gender & Sexual Diversity training as my commitment to work as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.
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).
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.
LGBTQ+ Confidence and Competence training.
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.