I started counselling training in 2004 whilst working in mental health and advocacy services, I worked in voluntary and statutory sector services for more than twenty years. I am an expereinced training officer having worked for a voluntary organisation developing and delivering training packages to voluntary sector agencies. I have been in practice as a counsellor for15 years. I have worked in rape and sexual abuse services, primary care mental health counselling, addictions services, as a children’s hospice family counsellor and bereavement service counsellor, and have been in private practice since 2017.
Following completion of my Counselling Master’s degree I started teaching counselling in FE where I was appointed to sit as a fitness to practice panel member for Education Workforce Council in Wales, I later moved into HE, where I have been lead academic and Personal and Professional Development Tutor to the MSc in Counselling in the School of Psychology at Bangor University. I have more than 10 years experience in the development and delivery of counselling programmes from introductory courses to Masters level. My particular specialisms are in skills development and assessment, personal and professional development, groupwork and managing risk.
Current work & Practice:
I work as a person centred, pluralistic counsellor and supervisor, this means I draw on various approaches and interventions to fit with your own preferences and difficulties.
I am an External Assessor and Verifier for a national counselling qualification awarding body and have recently been appointed as Professional Standards Development Facilitator with BACP.
I am particularly interested in the impact of the outdoors and well-being I lead women-only bike rides through the British Cycling & HSBC Breeze initiative, and inTandem mountain bike rides, which is a partnership
enabling individuals to engage in physical activity to support psychological
well-being. FInd out more here:
I hold the following relevant qualifications:
Counselling Master’s degree
Therapeutic Counselling Supervision qualification (L6)
CBT skills for Counsellors (L5)
CPD Online & Telephone Counselling (80 hours)
Walk & Talk Therapy trained
Fellow of the HEA
Current Training: Couples Counselling