- BSc Psychology
- MSc Health Psychology
- PGCE (further education)
- PhD (Clinical Health Psychology)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills (Person Centred and Gestalt)
- CRUSE bereavement training course
- Post Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy skills
- Working towards a Post Graduate Diploma in CBT
I had several office jobs before returning to university when my children were little, to follow my passion to be a counsellor. I have worked as an administrator in the Civil Service and the Church of England and worked as a teaching assistant in a university. I currently live in Penarth. I moved to Wales about 20 years ago from Hampshire in England to give my children a better quality of life. I have a cat called Luka, who was rescued as a kitten in Spain.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (213252), a student member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (847541) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (160713). I am registered with the DBS update system and I am fully insured to practise.
For many years in England, I worked for the Samaritans and was on their prison outreach team.
In Wales, I worked in the NHS delivering psychological therapy to patients living with chronic health conditions e.g., diabetes, or who were struggling with physical illness, e.g., cancer.
I worked in an NHS bereavement service, which delivered psychological support to bereaved families.
I counselled primary aged children with Place2Be in an inner city primary school.
I worked for CRUSE.
I currently work as an NHS primary care counsellor delivering therapy to patients in GP surgeries and work for MIND
I believe the key to therapy success is a good therapeutic relationship. I deliver therapy using CBT which is a structured type therapy that has an evidence base to help specific disorders. However, my emphasis is on working therapeutically through a good working relationship based on trust, integrity and honesty.