I started working as a counsellor over 20 years ago. I had been teaching stress management, yoga and meditation, and often found that people needed to talk with me about various difficulties and complications in their lives. It was a natural step to move into Counselling and Psychotherapy, as it meant that I was in a position to offer support to others, and it was also important in my own personal development.
I completed an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Group Work in 1997, having gained a Certificate 11 years earlier. I also completed a Certificate in Psychotherapy in 1993 and a Certificate in Supervision in 1998, after which I began to supervise trainee Counsellors on different courses in Devon.
I have, over the years, worked with a wide range of people from many different backgrounds. I worked as a Counsellor in a community mental health centre, as well as having a private Counselling and Psychotherapy practice. For 10 years I worked in the field of supported housing, first as a project manager and then area manager. More recently I have worked as a Divorce Support Group facilitator and housing management consultant.
My therapy work is influenced by person-centred, psychodynamic, core process, and existential models, as well as by my own experience of receiving 5 years of personal therapy. I am also influenced by my practice of yoga and meditation, which I began in 1983. I take from it a powerful sense of bringing attention and awareness to each moment with an open heart.
I am 54 years old, and am a parent with 3 children (age 26, 22 and 11). One of my children has a learning disability.
I bring warmth, genuineness and honesty to my client relationships.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow its code of ethics.