From a very young age I have been fascinated by people, their behaviours and coping strategies they adapt to deal with life situations. I am open minded and do not judge anyone, no matter their situation. I find this helps to make people feel comfortable, safe and understood.
I have always had the ability to put people at ease by conveying warmth, openness and by being genuine and ‘real’. I have a deep sense of empathy towards others, though supporting people with their emotions was not something I initially set out to do.
Put simply, it was innate-a calling.
Having experienced severe trauma in my own life, having pulled back and recovered from it, I feel it has equipped me with a deeper level of understanding of the struggles we as humans can endure and what it takes to get through.
I have personally endured Sudden death syndrome and hence the manifestations of grief, anxiety, hopelessness, trauma and despair. Having recovered from unanticipated consequences, and being able to acknowledge the mountain that I personally needed to climb to overcome this, I am now deeply moved and fulfilled when I can help and support someone who is suffering with their Mental Health.
I currently offer Humanistic, Person-centred counselling with an integrated approach. I have a Counselling Diploma Level 4 and qualified in 2002. I am currently a Registered member of the BACP and am committed to working in accordance with their ethical framework.
My previous role as an Adoption counsellor for the General Register Office under section 51 Adoption Act 1976, provided me with the opportunity to gain a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience working with adopted adults wishing to explore the circumstances surrounding their adoption. For more information about adoption services please see the link below:-
Following the ‘Access to birth records’ service, you may feel you have more questions, concerns or emotions that perhaps are unexpected, or that you maybe confused about.
Please feel free to contact me as I can offer you support, further understanding and the opportunity to explore how you may now be feeling and ways forward for you with the information you have gained.
Furthermore, if you are a birth relative and have feelings you are struggling with, I can also support you through these emotions.
During my career a great deal of my work has also been with bereavement, trauma, issues of attachment and loss, and struggles relating to low self-esteem and self-worth.
I currently am employed as an EAP telephone counsellor and work for CRADLE Charity offering counselling support to women and their partners who are affected by early pregnancy loss.
In addition, I have my own private practice and work as a listening volunteer on a crisis helpline.