My first experience of counselling was a long time ago now, as an undergraduate in the University Counselling Service. I remember being in the calm of this man's presence and his room and being aware that I’d never in my life experienced an environment like this. I’d never had anyone who had really listened to me. Of course I’d had parents and friends before wanting to help and support, offering advice or telling me what I should do but no one had ever really listened to me and told me I was capable of working it out for myself. This man took me seriously and gave me his time, energy, space and support and it was just what I needed.
My own counselling changed me profoundly. It was in it's own way revolutionary challenging me to question everything that I had been told about the world and who I was supposed to be. I learned how to begin to listen, to really listen both to myself and my connection to the world and as a result found a more meaningful way to live and to be.
I qualified in 2002 with an MA in Counselling from Durham University . I am a Senior Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) . I worked for 20 years in the NHS delivering counselling in a number of GP practices in the local area and in private practice
- Certificate in Supervision accredited by UKCP
- MA Counselling (Durham University)
- BA Hons Social Ethics (Lancaster University)
Membership & professional Accreditation
- BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) www.bacp.co.uk
- BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist