I became a Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Supervisor because I find people fascinating. My curiosity for humankind is endless. At the point I decided to train in counselling & psychotherapy I had had a varied and enjoyable career working on the front line with people in need of help to improve and understand their lives.
In 2009, aged 43 (the same age that my Mum died very suddenly), I took the plunge and applied to study a BSc (Hons) degree in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy at The Sherwood Psychotherapy Institute. In 2013 I graduated at Coventry Cathedral and a few months later set up my private practice in Nottingham City centre offering counselling to adults.
The next natural step was to go onto further study for British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accreditation. Being a registered and accredited member of the BACP I take my membership seriously and work in accordance with a strict ethical framework which includes having monthly supervision and at least thirty hours of continual professional development each year. I am also encouraged to have personal therapy should the need arise.
To compliment my core training, I have attended trauma training, applied suicide intervention training (ASIST), anxiety awareness training, creative ways of working with childhood sexual abuse, walk-talk therapy to name but a few.
In November 2020 I gained a certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling.
In line with my passion to help and support people, I have been part of a team of mental health practitioners creating resources such as podcasts, yoga videos, guided meditation, information leaflets, sleep stories, soothing sounds and music. Since November 2020 these have gradually been made available free of charge on various platforms such as Youtube and Spotify. Collectively they are mHarp – Mental Health And Relaxation Program.