Counsellor, Adults, Children & Family
TYPES OF THERAPY YOU DEAL WITH
I am a person-centred counsellor, integrating my training in Gestalt therapy where applicable to enhance and ensure an individual, personal experience for each client. Creative work, using various media, can also help to visualise and then explore issues. In a similar way, play therapy is an excellent aid in my work with children, enabling them to act out episodes in their lives which they might otherwise find difficult to articulate or express.
Level 1, 2 and 3 in counselling. Degree in counselling (BA (Hons) First Class).
My journey along the counselling road began nine years ago, when a family tragedy brought home to me the intense need for readily available and accessible talking therapies. Since that point, I have worked as a school counsellor with Place2Be and the Neighbourhood Alliance and an adult counsellor with Sunderland Counselling Services and Improving Futures.
WHAT I DO NOW
I continue to counsel in primary and secondary schools, whilst in private practice with adults and working with Next Step Wellbeing. My areas of expertise include bereavement, anxiety and childhood trauma.
INTERESTS AND SUBJECT AREAS
I have a particular interest in spirituality, both religious and non-religious; what belief systems, if any, influence our choices in life, drives us and sustains in troubled times. I also am passionate about energising children and young people to attain their full potential, without the burden of low self-esteem and/or attachment issues.
Free time or ‘me time’ involves long walks in woodland, long drives to unknown places and having outdoor adventures with grandchildren.