So, what am I like? Well, I am a fairly down-to-earth Yorkshire woman, who likes the simple things in life - time with loved ones and friends, time alone up on the moors or by the coast and enjoying beautiful Yorkshire scenery, and watching the birds and squirrels in the garden. I have come into the counselling profession later on in life, after some years in admin/PA type of work, and found working voluntarily as a Counsellor so rewarding that I have now chosen it as my career.
Professionally, I am a fully-qualified and experienced Registered Counsellor/Psychotherapist, being an Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) with a First Class Honours degree in Counselling Studies from the University of Leeds. I work to the BACP's Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a qualified practitioner in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) which is a recognised treatment for PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and can be useful for helping those who have suffered one-off major trauma, repeated trauma such as abuse, and also helping those with phobias. I have a number of years' experience in working in general counselling and private practice, where I have helped clients with many issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, relationship difficulties, childhood sexual abuse and suicidal thoughts.
Additional areas in which I have a particular interest are loss and bereavement. (I have worked as a Cruse Bereavement Care Counsellor and Supervisor, and in a Hospice helping patients and their families come to terms with the prognosis of terminal illness, and in subsequent grief work.) I am also very interested in the effects of neonatal death on surviving twins.