When I think about it, I was drawn to helping people long before I defined it as counselling.  I worked mostly in the voluntary sector, with people who were impacted by mental ill health, such as anxiety and depression, low self-esteem and traumatic life events.  I also worked extensively with people who were bereaved or who were struggling to come to terms with a loss or losses. 

Recognising that to help others in this way needed more than just a willingness to help, I began my first counselling training and in 1996 graduated with a Post-graduate Diploma in Integrative counselling. 

In my counselling work I found that what clients found helpful was that I listened carefully and without judgement to what they said to me, I didn’t have to tell them what to do about their problems, I didn’t decide what they needed to say to me or how they needed to say it. Working in this way led me to the Person-Centred Approach I now use with my clients. You can read more about this approach here.

Once again I decided that to work ethically in this way and to ensure that my clients remained safe, I needed to be trained further in this particular approach. This I did through studying for a BA (Hons) in Person-Centred counselling gaining the degree in 2011. 

Alongside my counselling I also became interested in training others to become counsellors.  Since 1996 I have taught counselling at Post Graduate and Foundation Degree levels, finding that each linked closely to the other, both teaching me valuable and privileged experiences about being with clients and students.

I now work in private practice as a Person-Centred counsellor and supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS:
BA (Hons) Person-Centred Counselling, Metanoia Institute
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (University of Wales)
Certificate in Supervision, Kathy Raffles Counselling Services (Validated by University of Wales)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
BACP Accredited Registered Counsellor
Bereavement Counsellor (Working with individuals and couples experiencing complicated grief) Department of Psychological Medicine, Morriston Hospital, Swansea NHS Trust
Volunteer co-ordinator of an out-of-hours telephone help-line for anyone impacted by mental ill health.
Counselling trainer in Higher Education and Further Education 1995 - 2016
"Holding the Line" - counselling training DVD
"The Person Centred Counsellor" - counselling training DVD
"An Integrative Therapist" - counselling training DVD
"Talking about Counselling" - counselling training DVD