A Therapist in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire
Having spent many years as a young carer I decided to train as a nurse. I then worked as a District Nurse, and following this, as a Community Macmillan Specialist Nurse. During this time I have found caring for people and their families nearing the end of their lives challenging, but extremely rewarding. Having cared for them whilst they struggled with an unknown future, at a time when they were anxious, depressed, fearful and grieving, I felt helpless. So I decided to try to develop my own awareness and skills in supporting them through their struggles at this very difficult time in their lives. This eventually led me to train in counselling therapy, which assisted me in becoming increasingly aware of the impact our mental wellbeing has on our physical health in our day to day lives.
I trained as a counsellor/therapist in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling, an in depth training that showed me how our thoughts and emotions may affect not only our relationships but our bodies as well. This has been very important for me to think about in both my nursing and my counselling roles.
I have undergone my own personal therapy, which helps me understand the difficulties as well as the sense of relief that you may feel when in the clients’ chair. You finally have someone who can listen to you, your fears, worries, concerns, and is there only for you during your session. (See my About Counselling page for more details).
I have worked in an NHS counselling service and a private agency providing both short and longer term counselling, for people with depression, anxiety, bereavement, abuse, disability, work place bullying and stress.
I am able to work short-term 6-12 weeks or on an open ended basis depending upon your needs and wishes.
In my work as a Macmillan Nurse I have also undertaken basic training in and have experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
I am confident and familiar in working with people who are experiencing ill health, disability and life threatening illnesses, as well as loss, depression anxiety and bereavement. I work in a compassionate and collaborative way, allowing you time and space in which to explore the issues which concern you.
I am a Senior Accredited Registrant with the National Counselling Society (NCS).
I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I also work within the BACP & NCS codes of ethics.
I have a current full DBS certificate.
Counselling Supervision and Continual Professional Development (CPD)
I maintain regular ongoing training enabling me to keep up with the latest developments in the field of therapy. To ensure that I am giving you the best therapy possible, I have regular supervision with a professional supervisor who also adheres to the BACP code of ethics in maintaining client confidentiality. Supervision helps to support me in maintaining in my standards of professional conduct and clinical expertise.
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Outside of work…
I have a grown up family and a cat. I enjoy my garden, knitting, sewing and my holidays; all of these make me feel useful and whole.
If you would like more information about my counselling service, how I may be able to help you, or to make an initial appointment please call me for an informal chat on 07706741086, or contact me by email, or use the contact form.
Look at the ‘Practicalities’ page for more details.