I began my journey as a Counsellor at Brockenhurst College, Hampshire in 2007 where I studied my level 1,2,and 3 counselling certificates. After which I joined E.D.A.S. (Essential Drug and Alcohol Services) in both their Bournemouth and Poole offices. Whilst there I completed their level 2 in Addictions certificate. At E.D.A.S I counselled people who were dealing with addiction issues and the carers of people with addiction issues.
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists or B.A.C.P I have had to take a proficiency exam and be registered: my registration number is 093939.
I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Foundation Degree in counselling.
I have treated people who have addiction issues and dual diagnosis and issues including: Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Grief, OCD, Loss, Stress, Self Harm, Anorexia, Domestic Violence, Rape, Sexual abuse and those who are going through Transgender/Gender Identity(not exhaustive).
During my counselling career, I have counselled at the B.C.H.A (Bournemouth Churches Housing Association) in Boscombe, E.D.A.S both Bournemouth and Poole and I have worked for Together a national mental Health Charity.
Currently I run a private practice in Winton, Bournemouth, where I offer one to one counselling.
In September 2015 I joined the YMCA Bournemouth as their counselling coordinator and clinical lead. Collectively, we have developed their current counselling service. It is in the process of rolling out pan service and is available to clients and staff members.
I have a current D.B.S (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificate and am fully insured. All certificates are available to view on request.
I have regular monthly supervision; where I see a specially trained counsellor, to ensure that I provide a safe and supported therapeutic practice.
Continuing professional development is also an important part of ensuring that I keep up to date and learn new skills. I have attended various CPD including, working with sexual issues workshop, working with eating disorders and working with children and young people. I am currently taking my certificate in Counselling Supervision 2018.