My first experience of counselling was during a relationship breakdown. The empathy and support my counsellor offered me allowed me to move on and get my life back together.
After gaining a PGCE in Adult Education I worked at the City of Bristol College for 17 years as a lecturer and Programme Co-Ordinator. I found that students were facing increasingly difficult life issues. I didn’t feel equipped to support them adequately and I decided to train as a counsellor. After completing the AQA Certificate in Counselling Theory and Skills in 2002 I continued my training with Relate. I started working with couples and individuals in 2003 and qualified as a Relate Counsellor in 2005.
For several years I continued with my teaching career whilst also working as a part-time counsellor at Relate Avon. I took voluntary redundancy from my teaching post in 2014m which allowed me to dedicate time to a writing project. I set up my private practice in 2016 and still work for Relate Avon.
Qualifications & Training
BACP Accreditation, 2018
Qualification as a Relate Practitioner, 2005
University of East London with Relate, 2005: Post Graduate Diploma in Couple Therapy
University of East London with Relate, 2003: Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Theory, AQA, 2002
Certificate in Counselling Skills, AQA, 2002