I am a trained, qualified counsellor and supervisor, a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am bound by their Ethical Framework. As part of this commitment I attend regular supervision of my practice and ongoing personal and professional development, undertaking further training and courses to assist my work in private practice and the voluntary sector.
I currently run a supervision group for volunteers at Star Throwers, a local cancer charity in Wymondham and peer-supervision sessions with another counsellor at the charity where I have offered counselling to patients and families for over two years.
I have many years experience within the NHS, firstly as a nurse specialising in cancer nursing and end of life care, then in administration.
My therapeutic experience is varied and ranges from over 10 years bereavement counselling in the voluntary sector, general and mental health work and using counselling skills in nursing and end of life care.
I have previously worked for Cruse Bereavement Care as a counsellor and trainer, MIND and Doncaster Women's Centre - all in the voluntary sector. I have experience of running a counselling service and working with students and staff in Further Education as well as students in Higher Education.
I have been a writer of poetry for over 40 years and have a deep interest in the therapeutic benefit of writing for both mental and physical health problems as well as in general wellbeing. I offer this opportunity to individuals, groups and organisations. If to larger groups then I work closely with a writing colleague to provide this service.
I am a member of Lapidis, the organisation for therapeutic writing for health and wellbeing - 'Writing for Wellbeing'. I abide by their ethical guidelines.
Certificate in Clinical Supervision - 2016
Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling - 2000
Bereavement Counsellor Training - Cruse - 1997 & 2004
Other Relevant Qualifications
BA(Hons)History of Art - 1990
Oncology Nursing Certificate - 1981
Enrolled Nurse - 1979
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy: click here to visit their website
Lapidus: click here to visit their website. I have my details on their Find a Writing for Wellbeing Practitioner page. click here to see the page.
I am fully insured and have undergone a recent DBS check.