I am a professional and experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Hypnotherapist, holding registered, accredited memberships with both the National Counselling Society and the National Hypnotherapy Society, which means I adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice.
My interest in therapy began during my early career as an Occupational Therapist within the NHS. Occupational Therapy provides support to people whose physical or mental health prevents them doing activities that matter to them and enables individuals to achieve their full potential. It takes a whole person approach to health and wellbeing, focusing on "What matters to you?" rather than "What's the matter with you?" an ethos I apply to my work as a counsellor today.
From my own experience, I understand the importance of making time and space for yourself by working with a counsellor during difficult times. I realised, during my own counselling, that I was struggling to cope and continue my career, as well as raise two boys as a single mother. Re-examining my life in this way, with support and compassion, enabled me to make some very beneficial changes, which is where my interest in counselling first developed.
After leaving the NHS I worked for Home-Start, a charity that helps vulnerable families, and re-married, having a further two children. It was during this time I became interested in holistic and complimentary therapies. I completed several vocational courses, before eventually deciding to return to studying, completing diploma's in both hypnotherapy and counselling. Whilst completing my diploma and moving to Bognor, I began working for My Sisters House Women's Centre, as an Independent Domestic and Sexual Violence Adviser, which is where I am based today.
Having completed my diploma, and providing over 150 hours of voluntary counselling, in order to gain my professional qualification, I decided to specialise in working with women and women's issues, with a particular interest in domestic abuse. The prevention and recovery of which, I am passionate about. As well as my affiliate counselling role at the women's centre, I also coordinate and facilitate the NSPCC Domestic Abuse: Recovering Together (DART) program, which helps women and children recover from the adverse effects of domestic abuse. For more information about the DART programme or to refer yourself please contact me My Sisters House CIC.
My Role as a Therapist
My role as your therapist is to ultimately help you to help yourself. By providing you a safe space to talk you can explore your thoughts and feelings, which in-turn, enables growth and development. I will listen to what you say without judgement and help you to identify any changes you want to make. By having a safe environment to reflect, opportunities for self-exploration are created. This builds awareness and understanding, which can positively impact confidence and self-esteem, leading to a healthier outlook and ability to cope with life. To book an appointment or for an informal chat, please contact me. Visit my Home page for details.
I have also completed additional training in Mindfulness, Life Coaching, Reiki, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) and Indian Head Massage.