I am a qualified person-centred counsellor, and have worked in Kendal since 2005, both for charitable organisations and in private practice. I work with self-referring clients and have also provided therapy for employees of organisations such as Virgin, the Lake District National Park Authority and the University of Cumbria.
I have worked with clients on a wide range of issues including
- stress and anxiety
- depression, bipolarity and other mental health issues
- relationship and work issues
- crisis points and major life changes
- identity, self understanding and personal growth
- addictive behaviours
- general counselling, persistent unhappiness, dissatisfaction with life
I have a special interest in work related to illness, ageing, loss and bereavement.
My qualifications include: Conflict Resolution Training; Primary and Intermediate Certificates in Person-Centred Expressive Arts Therapy; Certificate in Counselling for Adolescents; Diploma (Higher Education) in Counselling, PhD in Literature, BA (Hons) Cantab.
A registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I am bound by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice (more information at www.bacp.co.uk). I have monthly supervision and am involved in a range of professional development activities, attending courses and workshops and undertaking one-to-one work. In addition, I facilitate courses, workshops and CPD in which poetry is used as a way into personal exploration, reflection and growth. Some of these events concern ageing, loss and bereavement; all reflect my sense of the value of living the 'examined life'. You can find more about upcoming events elsewhere on this site: [workshops] [the 42 group]
I have lived in the South Lakes since 1997. A former primary school teacher, I also taught English at Liverpool University and the University of Cumbria before retraining as a counsellor. I love my work and get a great deal of satisfaction from it. In my spare time I write—I was the South Cumbria Poet Laureate in 2004. I am also a craft bookbinder. I enjoy solo and ensemble classical singing with several choirs in Cumbria and also love Tai Chi, wild swimming and walking our wonderful fells.