I am a Person-Centred Counsellor and undertook my core training at the University of East Anglia (UEA) School of Counselling where I gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their Code of Professional Conduct.
My path towards counselling has been rich and varied. I started out many years ago as an English teacher in Paris and then Khartoum, Sudan.
Unexpected loss and tragedy as a young woman led me to train to become a nurse with a focus and particular interest in Palliative Care. During this time I was lucky enough to find a person-centred therapist who helped me work through my feelings and difficulties which turned out to be life-changing. I was enchanted by the possibilites of this kind of counselling and its potential for healing, restoration and inspiration. I continued to work as a nurse in the Community and hospital settings, most recently supporting individuals living with diabetes in my role of Diabetes Specialist Nurse at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
Throughout my nursing career I was always very aware of and curious about the interplay between physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual health and it was a natural step for me to train as a counsellor – I sensed that in this way I could more fully support people whether they are suffering or whether they simply wish to discover more about themselves or to explore ways to live a more satisying fulfilling and authentic life. This sense evolved into conviction and I now work entirely as a counsellor and mentor.
My way of working as well as my way of being is collaborative and supportive of personal growth, fulfillment, self-empowerment and independence. This is borne out of my deep respect for others, my sense of shared humanity, as well as from my hope and trust in the potential we have as human beings for growth, healing and living an enriching and satisfying life.
When I am not working, you will find me writing (mostly poetry), walking in nature, enjoying a coffee and a good read in a quiet local coffee shop (or other restful place), baking lovely cakes, meditating, practicing yoga, playing my flute or, my favourite, spending time with my family.
My practice is based at my home in the centre of Wymondham, within easy reach of Norwich. I also offer appointments at Wymondham Chiropractic Clinic and provide counselling for Employee Assisted Programmes (EAPs) in Norwich at Unity Occupational Health and Wellbeing.
Alongside my private work with clients, I have worked as a volunteer counsellor at St. Barnabus Counselling Centre in Norwich as well as the University of East Anglia (UEA) Counselling Service. I continued to support students at UEA as a Wellbeing Mentor until recently when I made the decision to work full-time as a counsellor.
I enjoy teaching and have recently co-facilitated the Post-Graduate Certificate in Counselling Skills at the University of East Anglia.
I like writing and using art materials as a means of personal exploration and communication. You are also welcome to use these ways of communicating and exploring in our work together should you wish to.
My Qualifications and training:
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling
- Advanced Post-Diploma Certificate in Person-Centred Couples Counselling
- Introductory Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Diploma of Higher Education in Adult Nursing
- BA (Hons.) French & Music.
Alongside my core trainings I enjoy taking part in regular Personal and Professional Development (CPD) days and courses that support my interests, bringing fresh air to the way that I work. I read avidly to support my interests and skills and develop my knowledge, and journalling is a core part of my practice and learning.
I am a ‘friends’ member of PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors).