MPhil, BSc (Hons), PGDE, RN, Dip TA Counselling
Dip Integrative Psychotherapy.
I know from the experience of my own therapy and from my work with clients the power that a positive therapeutic encounter has to enable people to transform and grow. My belief in this has led me full circle in my career back to working with individuals where I experience great joy from supporting women to know themselves more fully, create a life they truly love, heal trauma and connect with who they are at a deep inner level.
I have spent my career: in the public sector as a nurse, in higher education as an educator, in a national charity as a senior lead for learning and improvement and at Board level in three different health care organisations as a Non-Executive where I had a particular interest in clinical strategy and improvement. I have also volunteered as a psychotherapist at a Women's Centre in Liverpool.
I have developed my psychotherapy practice alongside these roles and bring this wide range of experience and wisdom to my practice. I have 6 years experience as a psychotherapist and I keep up to date with cutting edge psycho-therapeutic practice particularly in the field of complex trauma.
I have fostered a deep insight into the interconnectedness between our mind, our emotions, our bodies and our health and how the relationships around us impact upon our sense of wellbeing. This understanding guides my practice.
You will often hear me ask you how the emotions you express in our work together can be ‘felt’ in your body and where. This is a way to help you better understand the connections between your mind, your emotions and your body.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach based upon what I believe will work for you. My training is in transactional analysis which provides a way of thinking that helps us to be more curious about ourselves and our relationship with others. It offers insights that stimulate change and transformation that I will freely share with you in our work together.
I am registered as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), educated to Masters level and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am bound by their code of professional ethics. I receive regular clinical supervision. I am also a qualified coach.
I have a Diploma in Transactional Analysis Counselling and a Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy. I have a Certificate in the Treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.
I am forever grateful for entering into partnership with a woman who helped me to make sense of me. I have come out of our journey together feeling lighter, brighter, loved, normal and sane.
Challenging life experiences affect men and women alike. However, mental health issues are experienced differently across the gender spectrum. Cultural and social pressures affect women’s well-being and heavily influence our sense of who we are, what we should look like, how we should behave towards ourselves and others, and what we are capable of. Hormonal fluctuations during pregnancy, and the menopause can all be acutely felt in women’s physical and mental health. Many women experience physical symptoms of mental distress.
In addition to working with women who have experienced trauma I work with women to provide relief from:
On-going feelings of sadness or hopelessness
Overwhelming feelings of anger or aggression
Misuse of alcohol/drugs/food
Considerable changes in eating patterns and/or sleeping habits
Disordered eating (anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, food obsession, appetite and/or weight changes)
Decreased physical or mental energy or fatigue
Increase in feelings of fear or worry
Extremely high and low moods
Aches, headaches, or digestive problems without a clear cause
Suicidal thinking as part of their distress
Feeling stuck in challenging transitions/decisions or relationship difficulties
Do get in touch if you would like to talk to me about how I can support you. My contact details can be found at the bottom of this page.