About Me

I have over ten years’ experience of working with a great variety of clients, both short-term and long-term.  I gained my Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from the University of Wales in 2006.  I have had BACP Accredited status since 2010.  I have also acquired valuable additional training and professional development with the Re:Vision organisation for Integrative Psychosynthesis in London.  

Before I began training as a counsellor I had a successful career as a poet and teacher of creative writing.  I taught undergraduates and postgraduate students in the University of Wales (Lampeter, Carmarthen and Cardiff), and also on-line with the Open University.  I also ran a lot of informal groups and workshops for people who simply want to write, whether for publication or just for pleasure.  I tutored on residential writing courses for Ty Newydd in North Wales and the Arvon Foundation in England, and gave regular readings of my own work.  It was largely as a result of working on residential courses that I gained my first certificate in counselling skills back in the early 90s.  I found counselling skills extremely useful for helping my students to discover what they needed and wanted to say.  Writing can unlock powerful emotions and memories and sometimes reawakens painful experiences, so it was important for me to learn to hold these feelings and to provide a safe space to enable them to be expressed creatively. Gradually my interest in psychotherapy and counselling took over.  Redundancy from a lecturing job in 2003 gave me the opportunity I needed to qualify as a full-time counsellor.

While I was in my second year of training my partner was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. I decided to complete my training if I could, while caring for him.  Sadly he died in 2008.  It was due to my experience in caring for him that I began counselling carers, based at the Carers Centre in Pontypool.  I have since remarried and live in Abergavenny, where I have a private counselling practice.