Experience

I have over 15 years experience as a Counsellor and in that time I have worked with some amazing organisations.

I worked for Cruse Bereavement Care for a few years as a counsellor in Bristol, where I was able to support clients’ with the loss of someone close.  As a result of my time at Cruse I was aware of the lack of support for people who had lost pets, so I now offer pet bereavement.  Pets can represent so many relationships to us- son, daughter, partner and friend.

I then went to work for a Drug and Alcohol agency, where I was able to continue and deepen my experiences and knowledge of working with loss. Addiction can take away relationships, jobs, homes and control and I found my work here extremely rewarding.  I also learnt new approaches such as solution focused, CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and brief therapy.

I have also worked with Survive; a charity focusing on domestic violence, offering some of their clients’ a safe place to express their feelings and concerns.  I am passionate about supporting victims of abuse and consequently I am driven to gain more knowledge and understanding. This experience has also enhanced my work as a couples Counsellor.

I am also very proud to work as a face to face counsellor for NHS employees.

Although a lot of my work can be long term I am also able to work short term.  Through my work with EAPS (Employee Assisted Programmes) I am able to offer clients’ brief therapy, CBT and solution focused ways of working, enabling them to feel more supported in the workplace.

I have experience of being a boss, wife, mother, daughter and friend, but alongside my life experiences I have worked in counselling with the following issues:-

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loss and Grief – including pet bereavement
  • Trauma
  • Abuse: sexual, physcological, physical
  • Anger
  • Self esteem
  • Transitions and change
  • Relationships
  • Addictions
  • Marriage issues
  • Work related issues
  • Stress,
  • Dissociation
  • Pregnancy related issues

Image by Helen's Photography
Image by Helen’s Photography

There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home.

A quote by John Stuart Mill