I am a qualified counsellor, counselling supervisor and a trainer. I have a busy private practice in Bisham, Berks and also work with a local counselling agency and am the Clinical Director for an Employee Assistance Programme. Since starting my training in 2001 (person centred counselling and qualifying with an advanced diploma in counselling) I have also achieved a BSc (honours) in reflective therapeutic practice and MA in counselling and psychotherapy. I qualified as a supervisor in 2010 and I am a senior accredited member of BACP. In my previous career I was a trainer in a corporate setting and have since used those skills to run counselling workshops and training days for other counsellors and supervisors. I also run and teach on CPCAB counselling diploma courses for Windsor & Maidenhead Counselling Service
People interest me and I am known as a listener rather than a talker. I have experience in the corporate world and have worked for some major health, financial, banking and vehicle leasing organisations . I became a trainer due to my passion for seeing people grow and develop to enable them to follow their dreams and know that I had played a small part in that was immensely fulfilling.
When I was made redundant from my job I chose to look at who I was and what inspired me. Listening, a deep interest in people and getting personal satisfaction from seeing other people grow and develop led me to counselling and I haven’t looked back since.
Away from my working life I have always enjoyed the outdoors, food and travelling. During my own personal development I have come to realise the importance of balance in my life and rather than compartmentalise work and hobbies I find I am incorporating the two. I think better outside rather than sitting at a laptop, so if I need to write, or produce ideas for a workshop you will find me outside, walking in the woods or by the river. I nourish my creative side by baking and developing new flavours for cakes which I love to share with friends. I have family and friends in the Far East so enjoy travelling to that part of the world and love experiencing the different cultures and how that makes people different.
I resisted some of the more alternative ways of being for many years, things like mindfulness, yoga and nature but now I have opened my mind to embrace them I can welcome the benefits to me whilst not changing who I fundamentally am.