I was born and grew up in Nottingham, but I first saw the positive impact that skilled counselling can have while living and working in West Africa. My husband and I spent 14 years in Dakar, Senegal as part of our work with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL (faith-based non-profit organizations).
After some basic training, I began helping colleagues with peer-to-peer support and later returned to the UK to complete my M.A. and professional accreditation so that I could offer more skilled and effective help.
From 2012-2016, we lived in Kenya, where I was a counsellor at Tumaini Counselling Centre in Nairobi. We’re now based permanently back in Nottingham.
I believe my unique life experience – including things like cultural transitions and parenting overseas – enriches my counselling work and client relationships. My own faith journey means I’m open to incorporating and exploring issues of spirituality and faith in our work if clients wish to do so. And my background of 20 years in communications and multi-cultural HR management provides insights when working with clients’ workplace difficulties and team and organizational issues.
Most of all, I just love to hear people’s stories, connect with their heart, and walk alongside them in their struggles, helping them move towards growth and healing.
Qualifications and Experience
I’m an experienced counsellor, trainer, facilitator and debriefer, and a registered, accredited member of BACP (the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy). I have an MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London and I also did an additional 10 months’ clinical internship and training in the USA following my accreditation. I’ve completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in EMDR (a form of specialized trauma therapy) and have extensive experience in presenting interactive workshops and training courses on various topics. I have counselled with various organizations and agencies, including two years in a comprehensive school in Oxford. From 2012-2016, I was a member of the multi-disciplinary clinical team at Tumaini Counselling Centre in Kenya, before relocating permanently back to Nottingham and opening my private practice here.
Supervision and Professional Development
In order to maintain my BACP accreditation:
- I access regular clinical supervision, which supports me in my practice and ensures that I am working ethically and professionally for the benefit of my clients.
- I complete a minimum of 30 hours of continuing professional development activities every year.
I have public and professional liability insurance for my counselling work with Towergate Insurance, Towergate House, Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3EN
How I Work
I work with individual adults, adolescents, and couples. My clients vary in age, nationality, lifestyle, background and beliefs. I have a particular interest in supporting individuals and families in mission, ministry and church leadership; helping them to thrive in the particular challenges and demands of their roles and settings.
I believe the relationship between client and therapist is the most important element of our work together. I offer clients a relationship in which I am self-aware and genuine in my interactions, while also being flexible and responsive to their specific needs. I listen with empathy and acceptance and without judging.
I work collaboratively with each client, offering choices and agreeing together on goals and ways of working. My training is integrative, which means I can offer a variety of counselling methods and tailor the treatment to meet the needs of the individual client. We may use CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) or Solution-Focused strategies for managing current concerns. If the client wants to explore possible links between current distress and earlier experiences, our work is likely to be informed by Psychodynamic concepts, looking at their background and family of origin. Depending on the client and their needs, we may also use EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Emotion-Focused, Attachment-Based and Mindfulness approaches in the therapy. I will also incorporate metaphor, humour and creative activities as appropriate, especially when working with young people.
My areas of particular clinical interest include:
- Stress management and lifestyle balance
- Workplace/team dynamics and relationships
- Issues of faith and spirituality
- Attachment-focused approaches to parenting and relationships
- Chronic illness
- Transition and cross-cultural issues