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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.  Before moving to Orkney in September 2021, I was a director and counsellor at Lawrence Way Community Counselling Service in Cambridge, a non-profit community-based counselling service.  I previously worked as a bereavement volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care, and as a volunteer counsellor at Cambridge charity The Cogwheel Trust.  I have a particular interest in supporting clients whose concerns are focussed around grief, loss and death and complex PTSD / developmental trauma.

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.

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, and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, and I adhere to the COSCA Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and the BACP Ethical Framework.

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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