I qualified as a person-centred counsellor in 2006 and have worked in several settings including the Local Authority, Well Woman Centre and for a few local charities as a volunteer counsellor. In addition to my work with Reflect, I also have a small private practise. I live with my partner and am a mum of 3 grown-up children. I own a beautiful guide dog called Zorro, who is a black lab/retriever.
I have experienced several challenging life events, which on more than one occasion, have used counselling to help me through those difficult times. Parental bereavements and losing my sight as a mum of 3 very young children, was overwhelming but having personal counselling helped me through those grieving processes.
Partly because of my positive experience of counselling and partly because I felt I wanted to ‘be that helper’ to someone else, I began my journey to become a counsellor. I feel as passionate and as committed, to helping others’ to ‘be the best they can be’. I still feel privileged today, to have someone share their worries with me and consequently rewarded by their successes.
I absolutely love being outdoors, particularly out walking the dog and enjoying the closeness I feel to nature and all its gifts. I read or well listen to as many audio books I can access and feel very lucky to have been able to watch a variety of live music shows, some of my favourites bing Munford & Sons, Coldplay, Take That and Adele.
I try to adopt a daily ‘attitude of gratitude’ and am always endeavouring to live and love life in the present moment. I practise mindfulness and have on occasion invited clients to try this during counselling to compliment the therapy.