My Lived Experience
It feels to me that I am privileged to have built up a wealth of experience over more than 25 years of working with and learning from so many people. I have worked with lots of different people in a wide range of voluntary and statutory health and social care settings.
Before counselling adults, my experiences have included working with homeless people, with young people, supporting families and with childhood and adult trauma.
Since November 2016, I have worked therapeutically with adults who have been experiencing difficulties, including depression, stress, anxiety, relationship worries, abuse, childhood and adult trauma, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, loss, and bereavement.
Whatever people have brought to their sessions with me as their counsellor; they have found that being listened to, having a safe and confidential space and gaining self-awareness has been a helpful experience for them.
As a counsellor, I have learnt that people value the emotional space to share their fears, wounds and hopes.
As your counsellor, I will not tell you what to do or give you the answers but rather I will 'walk alongside you' without judgement. Metaphorically, as I 'walk alongside you', I may hold up a torch as you explore along an individual path of self discovery. I always aim to work in a way that shows compassion.