I began formal training as a counsellor in 2012, and started working with clients at the beginning of 2016. I moved to Orkney in September 2021, and here I work in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor, meeting people face to face locally or else online via Zoom. I'm also a trustee of Relationships Scotland Orkney and The Pier Arts Centre.
In the past I was a director and counsellor at Lawrence Way Community Counselling Service in Cambridge, a non-profit community-based counselling service under the NHS England IAPT programme. I was also a volunteer counsellor at Cambridge charity The Cogwheel Trust, and a trustee of Mind in West Essex.
I have a particular interest in supporting clients whose concerns are focussed around bereavement, death dying; and complex PTSD / developmental trauma.
I 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.
I love being in close contact with the natural world, and the location of my home and practice in a rural community 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 Practitioner Member of COSCA, a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society; and I adhere to the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice, the BACP Ethical Framework and the NCPS Code of Ethical Practice.
TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS
I hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from The Minster Centre in London, and a Certificate in Supervision from Relational Change.
I have also trained with the following teachers and organisations:
Awareness in Bereavement Care - with 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 - with MHFA England
Wild Therapy - with Nick Totton
Couples Therapy for Depression - with Tavistock Relationships