Background and Qualifications
I began working in GP surgeries in 2004 and have worked in several practices with my roles ranging from reception to practice management.
My 18 years of working in the NHS has not only taught me the importance of confidentiality but has also taught me compassion and empathy. I have worked in both affluent and deprived areas and have met people from all walks of life.
I have always had a keen interest in people and mental health, which is what helped me to decide to train as a counsellor.
I have achieved a Professional Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, a Diploma in Counselling Skills and Theory and a Certificate in Counselling Skills and Hypnotherapy.
I am an Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society, whose register is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).
I was fortunate enough that my training placement took place at an NHS GP surgery in Gosport.
In working with clients referred to me via the practice, I was able to gain experience in working with a broad range of of people, who were asking for help for a variety of different reasons.
I first established Reef Counselling in 2019 but rejoined the NHS in 2020 to offer counselling to patients registered with Winchester City GP practices.
I have worked with a wide variety of people both in private practice and within the NHS, with experience of working in person, online and over the telephone.
My particular interests lie in working with people with complex mental health needs, such as those with PTSD or complex PTSD.
I take part in regular continued professional development (CPD) to help keep me up-to-date and to expand my knowledge in the field of mental health. I have taken part in courses such as working with complex PTSD, Metalization Based Therapy, and working with victims and perpetrators of domestic violence.