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ABOUT ME

I began formal training as a counsellor in 2012, and started working with clients at the beginning of 2016.  In addition to my private practice, The Village Counsellor, I am also a director and counsellor at Lawrence Way Community Counselling Service in Cambridge.  I previously worked as a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, and as a volunteer counsellor at Cambridge charity The Cogwheel Trust.  I am particularly experienced working with clients whose concerns are focussed around grief, loss and death.

I originally studied German and Ancient Greek at the University of Birmingham, and worked for several years after graduation as a technical translator for the British Army in Germany. This experience gave me an appreciation of what it’s like to move between countries, and negotiate many of the cultural and communication challenges that that can involve.

When I returned to the UK, I arrived in the Cambridge area and found a niche in helping to create and build new companies around exciting technology innovations.  For over 15 years I’ve worked with small teams in high-risk, high-pressure environments, providing the structure and stability that allow the team to focus on problem-solving and creativity.  I remain involved with the start-up community, and enjoy working with individuals and team dynamics within this sector.

I love being in close contact with the natural world, and the location of my home and practice on the edge of a rural village is a deliberate choice.  I am interested too in how, as humans, we can experience and make sense of ourselves and our lives in dialogue with the other-than-human natural world.  

 

I’m a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework.

 

TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre in London, and have also trained with the following teachers and organisations:

  • Awareness in Bereavement Care - at Cruse Bereavement Care

  • Orphan Wisdom School - with Stephen Jenkinson in Ontario, Canada

  • Foundation in Gestalt Psychotherapy - at Metanoia in London

  • How the Therapist's Own Attachment Patterns Shape Therapy - with Dr David Wallin

  • Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma - with Dr Janina Fisher

  • Living and Working with Dissociation - with Carolyn Spring and PODS

  • Embodied Support for Contact - with Dr Jim Kepner

  • Mental Health First Aid - MHFA England

  • Wild Therapy with Nick Totton