I began my counselling training in 2006 where I gained a Counselling Certificate in Humanistic Theory and Working with Loss and Grief, before moving on to a Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling with University of Bristol.

After I graduated I continued to volunteer as a counsellor at The SWAN Project, began seeing clients in private practice, and became the counselling co-ordinator for the Project. I learned a great deal in this role, from answering calls to the service, to carrying out assessments and allocating referrals to therapists.  I eventually became services manager and trained as a supervisor with Severn Talking Therapy in order to provide clinical supervision. At the time there were around 60 counsellors and psychotherapists at different stages of their training that I was co-managing and supervising. 

Since then I have gone on to provide external supervision to many other organisations in Bristol, and completed my EAGALA training which allows me to practice counselling alongside horses as an equine assisted therapist.

I also lecture for a local college, training the next generation of counsellors on the level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. 

The essence of my work is to facilitate self-growth by helping identify the core challenges and setbacks in your life, whilst being held safely in a relationship that offers compassion.

My passion for this work comes from my own hard won healing from difficulties in life, and I firmly believe that offered the right relationship, this is available to everyone. 


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