About Me

"A healer is someone who seeks to be the light she wishes she had in her darkest moments." 

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There are many reasons why people come to counselling and I understand that taking the first steps towards counselling is not always easy. My own life has not been without struggles and my own experiences of personal counselling have helped shaped the type of counsellor I strive to be. I look back positively now on the path my life has taken and am grateful for the empathy, understanding and patience they have allowed me to develop so deeply. I am passionate about helping others who find themselves in a darkness I was once lost in.

There is a way through it.

Counselling can help you make sense of past experiences and significant life events. Counselling is about helping you to understand yourself and how you relate to others. The pace of your counselling sessions will be led by you, the client. I offer an empathetic, accepting and non-judgemental space where I will focus upon your needs. I understand what it is like to be the one sitting in the client's chair.

I will help support you on a path to self-discovery, recovery and healing.

At the heart of my professional journey is a rigorous seven years of training, which enables me to draw on a wide range of skills and knowledge from a variety of therapeutic approaches. I work integratively with person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive approaches to counselling. I also enjoy working creatively in the counselling room. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Until recently I worked in secondary schools delivering mental health awareness workshops (including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, phobias and self-harm) and offering one to one sessions with young people. Previously to that I worked with CAMHS as a mental health support worker and as a children's counsellor. I also gained extensive experience as a volunteer counsellor with Maidstone Mind and North Kent Mind.

I have experience of working with the following areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Generalised anxiety disorder

  • Panic Attacks

  • Depression and low mood

  • Low self-esteem

  • Bereavement

  • Eating issues (binge eating, restricting, bulimia)

  • Self Harm

  • Suicidal thoughts

  • Stress

  • Family issues

  • Sexual abuse

  • Miscarriage and baby loss

  • OCD

  • PTSD

  • Relationship difficulties

  • Carers and young carers

  • Pregnancy and birth

 

Specialisms

I have worked for a number of years as a youth mental health support worker; developing and delivering self harm workshops (amongst others) in secondary schools. I was always struck by the number of young people approaching me saying they were self-harming and felt they had nowhere to turn. I now offer a self-harm counselling course for young people that I have created myself and combines CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) with person-centred counselling. The course aims to provide a therapeutic "toolbox" that will equip clients with alternative, healthy coping methods as well as a safe space to explore their emotions and thought processes. The course is currently available via online remote platforms.

 

I also work with adults who self-harm. You are not alone.

I am also very passionate about working with eating disorders and have completed training with the National Centre for Eating Disorders which allows me to ethically specialise in counselling for clients with a BMI of 18+ who may be experiencing binge eating, restricting, bulimia and obesity.

If my profile appeals to you and you would like to make an appointment or enquiry it is best to send me a text message or email as I may be in sessions and unable to pick up calls immediately. I will respond to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)

  • Masters degree in Psychodynamics of Human Development with the BPF (British Psychotherapy Foundation) 

  • Postgraduate diploma in Integrative Counselling with Inter-Psyche (the only counselling and psychotherapy training centre based within the NHS)

  • Undergraduate degree in Psychology

  • Practitioner Skills for Working with Eating Disorders and Obesity with the National Centre for Eating Disorders

  • Youth Mental Health First Aider - Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

  • Level 3 certificate in community development

  • Level 2 certificate in Child and Adolescent Counselling Skills

Relevant Experience

  • Private Counselling Practice

  • Volunteer counsellor with North Kent Mind and Maidstone Mind

  • Children's Counsellor with the Place2Be

  • Youth Mental Health Support Coordinator (delivering workshops in schools on topics including; depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and phobias) as well as one to one sessions with young people

  • Children and Young People's Support Coordinator with Kent Young Carers

  • Children and Young People's Support Worker with Short Breaks (working with young people with learning difficulties)

  • Project worker with The Growing Out Project (working with adults with learning difficulties)

  • CAMHS (NHS) Mental Health Support Worker

Recent Further Training

  • Three Day Mental Health Awareness - North Kent Mind

  • Suicide Awareness - West Kent Mind

  • Mental health support work diploma - Oplex Careers

  • Eating disorders, self-harm, suicide awareness, FGM, working with learning difficulties - Kent Safeguarding Children Board