I am reminded while considering what you may want to know about me, the feelings which can rise in us as we offer something of ourselves to others.
Whilst reflecting how this would read, my thoughts strayed to eulogies or speeches I have written for people important in my life, where it was important to me to focus on the 'who' rather than the 'what' of these people. For me, the labels we put on others represent the 'what' rather like a job title. It is the 'who', lying within the label where the real connection can be felt with another human being and within ourselves, leading to life being experienced with greater fullness, genuiness and peace.
Finding connection within ourselves can feel at times like being lost at sea, not knowing which way to turn to find land. We may not know what that land will look like or how safe it will be. Something undefinable is out of balance, we don't know what or why, yet the feeling is there, we are noticing it and uncomfortable with it.
Whatever brings us towards counselling, the space can be the catalyst for change, allowing new meaning, purpose and direction in our lives. I offer a compassionate, empathic space where a collaborative, non-judgemental approach will aim to provide the environment for the change you seek in a safe and confidential relationship.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS), one of Britain's main professional regulatory bodies. https://nationalcounsellingsociety.org I am fully insured, Enhanced DBS checked and registered with the ICO. My primary therapeutic training is Person-Centred. I have also undertaken comprehensive trauma-informed counselling training at STARS Dorset (Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service) and Safeguarding Level III training. I am dedicated to ongoing professional development and work with people aged 18 years and over.
Currently I hold voluntary counselling roles within STARS and the YMCA and work with the Family Counselling Trust, where my role is Family Liaison Officer and Recruitment Administrator (FLORA) in Hampshire, recently including Somerset. Prior to this I cared for children unable to live with their birth family and worked in Children's Services where I facilitated contact between children in care and their family members.