Experience and qualifications
I began my counselling training in 1990 (person centred) and after qualifying as a Relate couples counsellor in 1997, a young people's counsellor in 2000 and then gaining a Diploma in psychosexual therapy in 2001, I worked for many years with couples, individuals, children, young people and families in a variety of settings such as schools, NHS and Relate Centres/outposts. I have had lots of additional training since qualifying in bereavement, anxiety, relational trauma and domestic abuse.
Since then I have worked in private practice, in schools (primary, secondary and sixth form) and at the University of Huddersfield where I worked with students with dyslexic tendencies.
I took a break to fulfil a personal dream of gaining an English/Creative Writing degree and returned to counselling full time in 2014, working for Relate and establishing a private practice in the Huddersfield area and qualifying as a Clinical Supervisor in 2015.
How I work
My approach to counselling is integrative, which is reflected in a deeply held view that therapy is at its most effective when it respects and matches our individual needs.
I'm currently undergoing (experiential) training in Hakomi psychotherapy which is a mindfulness-based therapy of assisted self-discovery. This method of working offers a non-violent, compassionate approach to change. I have now completed Level Two training with Hakomi Lancaster and look forward to building on this with further training in the coming year.
I'm a general member of COSRT (College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists) and am bound by their Code of Ethics. I'm also on an Accredited Register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. As a Registrant of the NCS (The National Counselling Society), I am also bound by their Code of Ethics. If you'd like to know more about the benefits of an Accredited Register, have a look at this video.