I started working as a counsellor over 25 years ago. I had been teaching self development that included yoga and meditation since 1987, 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 growth.
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.
My therapy work is influenced by person-centred, psychodynamic, core process, mindfulness 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 and my interest in eastern spirituality which began more formally in 1983 after I met Dr Jayadeva Yogendra and spent time in India. In my therapy and in my life I aim to bring my complete attention and awareness to each moment with an open heart.
I am 57 years old, and am a parent with 3 children (age 29, 25 and 14). One of my children has a learning disability.
I bring warmth, genuineness and honesty to my client relationships.