Taking that first step to therapy can be tough. I know, because I’ve taken those difficult steps too. After a significant bereavement I found myself feeling lost, with no sense of direction and wondering how life would ever feel normal again.
That was 20 years ago and seeking bereavement counselling proved to be the best investment I ever made for my mental health. The difficult journey established itself as the roots of my change into the therapist I am today.
The positive impact of my own therapy steered my life in a new direction. A desire to become a therapist was born and I completed my first degree in Counselling and Psychology in 2002.
Alongside my degree I trained as a Samaritan, later becoming a member of the Prison Visiting team supporting inmates.
Wanting to give back for the invaluable counselling I had received, I trained with Cruse as a Bereavement Counsellor in 2002 committing to it for a number of years.
Throughout my career understanding people and celebrating their uniqueness has been at the heart of everything I do. In the last few years I have worked at Talking Spaces offering counselling to people experiencing mental health issues. I have also provided counselling for individuals affected by bereavement through their Just B service.
I am devoted to enhancing my knowledge and experience and do this through continued professional development. More recently I completed a Post Graduate Counselling qualification.
I have also completed my Level 4 qualification in Counselling Children and Young People.
The aspiration to work with children and young people originated from my current work with adolescents at Barnardo’s, which I do alongside private practice.
The last two decades have been a voyage of self-discovery and self-awareness for me. Making the decision to improve my life through counselling proved that there was and is hope in the darkness.
Accessing counselling can help you to rewrite your story and build the life you want. What are you waiting for?