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 16 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 was with Rowner Surgery in Gosport, an NHS GP surgery.
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.
Areas of Special Interest
Although I enjoy working with a wide variety of clients and issues, my particular areas of special interest focus around Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD), and those who live with conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Counselling can help people with these conditions to recognise their triggers and to learn to cope with their symptoms on a day-to-day basis.
Counselling can also help clients to explore the origins of their condition within a safe space which in turn can allow them to work through past issues at a pace that suits them.