All the research about counselling shows that a good therapeutic relationship is key to success for the clients, so here are some of the key elements of my work:
- Respect – to build a relationship with you based on respect and confidentiality.
- Curiosity – an open-hearted and genuine interest in you and your experiences and feelings.
- Care – bringing sensitivity and care around any vulnerabilities or trauma that you choose to share with me.
- Present moment awareness – we can learn so much if we pay attention to what is going on right now in body, mind and soul.
- Resourcing – helping you re-connect with your own resources so that you can engage fully with the ups and downs of life.
- Humanity – I want to welcome you exactly as you are.
qualifications and professional information
- I have a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling and Therapy from Plymouth University
- I am a Professional Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). “Professional Accredited” means my practice has met their higher standards as a competent, ethical and independent practitioner.
- I have or have had counselling contracts with Victim Support, First Light (sexual violence) and West Cornwall Women’s Aid (domestic violence) and several EAP providers. I also have a varied private practice.
- I was, for several years, a teacher of Counselling at Cornwall College (Camborne).
- I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend workshops and courses. I have undertaken training in suicide awareness, domestic violence, Non-Violent Communication, mindfulness, creative writing in therapy, Gestalt process, and am currently familiarising myself with ways of working effectively with neurodiverse clients.
- I have monthly supervision so you can be reassured that I am receiving support in order to fully support you.
- I hold full professional liability insurance.
- I also have a Postgraduate Diploma in Adult and Community Education, National University of Ireland, and I worked for many years in community development and community-based education.
I’m Irish and I have happily adopted Cornwall as my home place. I love it here, the people, the beauty of this place, and the pace of life.
I have found that regular sea-swimming, and my swimming community, greatly sustain me, and that has been really enhanced by the arrival of a dog, and daily walking into my life.