Experience

I have experience of working with a variety of client issues, including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression & Low Mood

  • Self-Esteem/ Self-Worth Issues & Shame

  • Body Dysmorphia/ Food Issues

  • Relational/ Attachment Issues

  • Loneliness

  • Workplace Difficulties

  • Family Problems

  • Trauma

  • IVF & Fertility Complications

  • Miscarriage

  • Bereavement, Grief and Loss

  • Relationship Breakdown

  • Feeling 'Stuck'

I gained my Level 5 Diploma in Counselling at the University of the West of England, graduating in 2018. I currently volunteer for Maybe Southwest alongside running my private practice.

I have previously volunteered at The Sanctuary, a centre run by St. Mungo's in Bristol, which functions as a place of safety for people experiencing extreme emotional distress.

I have also worked in a voluntary capacity as a counsellor to NHS staff.

Additional Training & Learning Undertaken:

COVID-Specific:

  • Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma 
    Training Provider: Carolyn Spring
    This training posed the question "How can we help survivors of trauma recover from trauma even in a time of collective trauma?"It sought to explain the trauma dynamics inherent in the current coronavirus crisis, how we can apply principles of trauma recovery to navigate it, and continue to help support survivors of trauma safely even in these unprecedented times.

     

  • Moving Your Practice Online / Going Online In Times Of Crisis
    Training Provider: Online Therapy Institute

        I undertook this training to ensure I was proficient in delivering online counselling during COVID.

Other:

  • Post-Slavery Syndrome Online Module - Exploring the Clinical Impact of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
    Training Provider: Confer
    from Confer:
    "This module is about living and practicing psychotherapy in a society that is deeply damaged by the legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Filmed at our 2019 conference, the discussion is premised on the theory that through the mostly unconscious transmission of intergenerational trauma, affect and narratives, we continue to perpetuate a destructive power disparity between today’s black and white communities; that we are locked into histories that we didn’t create but which control our thinking and which need to be continually challenged in order for us to grow emotionally as a society."

I have dedicated time to learning how to be a culturally sensitive counsellor, who is kink-aware, sex-worker affirmative, and an ally to marginalized communities. This is a lifelong process and commitment to learning, as well as un-learning and examining cultural and unconscious bias and ways of thinking. As part of this commitment, should you notice unconscious bias or judgement from me during our work together, I am honoured and grateful if you can bring it into my awareness, in order that I may continue to grow and strive to do better.

Too often I have seen people who belong to a marginalized cultural, sexual, relationship or gender identities be further 'othered' by counsellors and stigmatized by mental health services. I have a special interest in providing a non-judgemental service to people in these communities.