I began my counselling career over 15 years ago working for HM Prison Service where I provided post incident support to members of staff. Since then I have gone on to gain a BSc in Integrative Counselling at Roehampton University. As well as working as a Psychotherapist/Counsellor in private practice, I also work as an NHS Psychological Therapist in primary care. I have extensive and varied experience particularly in the areas of Anger, depression and anxiety. I am also an NHS trained Stop Smoking Adviser qualified to advise and support individuals wishing to give up smoking.
I am also an independent accredited Family Group Conference Coordinator helping families develop personal care plans for children at risk. I work in partnership with families, social services and other professional agencies. This may involve identifying support for lone parents with alcohol or substance misuse, domestic violence, offending or potential offending behaviour of a child or young person or problems with school attendance or behaviour.
Having also had over 12 years experience within the fitness industry. I have found that combining my counselling and coaching skills has proved successful in supporting clients with weight and self image related issues. This has led to my involvement with community based obesity programmes, educating adults and children about healthy eating and active lifestyle change. I have also developed and presented my own workshops for adults who struggle with their weight.