Having taught in secondary schools for 25 years, six of which as a Senior Leader, I began retraining as a therapist following a spate of redundancies due to the radical restructuring of the organisation for financial reasons.
The impact of this experience made me re-evaluate my sense of identity and recognise a need for change while still working with others (in a caring profession). Issues I have faced in my own life as a parent, employee and partner to those struggling with their own mental health, are typical of many people, as is the mind-set of ‘just getting on with it’.
However, this isn’t always the healthiest attitude, because it doesn’t necessarily allow you to express or challenge your own thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Working with me will allow you to do just that.
The Covid-19 pandemic has put huge pressures on many of us due to coping with the loss of loved ones, work and social lives as well as navigating the changes in our relationships with partners, family and friends.
For some it has been traumatic and upsetting requiring life to be rebuilt, for others it has provided a realisation that life going forward needs to be different. Therapy can provide the space you need to process your thoughts and feelings and regroup.
I am an integrative, person-centred counsellor, with experience of working with clients dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, infertility, anger and relationships.
I believe in the importance of developing a strong, collaborative relationship with each client, so that I can tailor services to best meet the needs of the individual. For most of us, we just want to find a sense of peace. Let me help in your journey to achieve it.
Life is stressful enough, finding a supportive therapist shouldn’t be!