As a mature woman with a love of life and people, I thrive in diverse environments. This is reflected within my family, friendships, and work experience.
I view my personal and professional development as an ongoing process, with a sense of being able to assimilate and share with others that which feels beneficial and healing.
Personal experience of therapy has been invaluable. Equally, learning and practising mindfulness, meditation, and a gentle form of yoga, combine to inform my life and work overall. In addition, a close connection with nature and creativity help me to retain a balance in our wonderful but challenging world.
I am developing my love of nature and desire to offer the possibility of therapeutic work outside, by attending a 4 day residential course in September 2018: Taking Therapy Outside . . . I will include more information regarding this later in the year.
The passion I hold for equality and social justice is reflected in the kind of work I do, together with training in and practising the Person Centred approach to counselling, which I believe to be hugely empowering.
I have worked extensively within a wide range of settings in urban, racially and culturally diverse areas since 1981: Child care social worker; hospital social worker within the NHS for 21 years (including for the Maternity, Neo-natal, Unplanned pregnancy and Infertility units); Youth work, and Coordinator of a women’s project in Tanzania; Counsellor in women’s health, for charities supporting people living with HIV, refugees, and in independent practice.
It is my intention that whether you are looking for counselling, supervision or mindfulness, you will be afforded the same opportunity for exploring meaningful and creative ways in which you can address issues and make any desired changes, in a confidential and supportive space.
Degree (Hons) in Sociology (1980)
Masters in Social Work (1985)
Certificate in Counselling (2004)
Diploma in Counselling (2008)
Post-graduate Certificate in Creative Supervision (2014)
8 week Mindfulness course (2011)
I continue to attend regular short courses/workshops covering a broad range of issues, as well as mindfulness and meditation retreats.