Born in Middlesex, my varied career has taken me across the world and given me a wealth of experiences, for which I am grateful. I have two grown up children who I adore, who have been my greatest teachers.
I love working with people and supporting them with their emotional needs. I am passionate about enabling people to achieve a greater understanding of themselves and their relationship with others.
My interest in supporting people was sparked in my early career as a Nurse and Residential Social Worker. When my children were growing up I ran mother & toddler groups, and assisted in pre-play school groups and at the school my children attended.
I have been involved with self-development of both myself and others for over 30 years. I I have attended and led self-development groups in California, Israel, Holland, India, London and the West Country.
Once my children were older I trained as a Relate Counsellor and worked for Relate for 22 years.
I am also a trained Relate Group Leader, Family Counsellor and Therapeutic Mediator. I share a Group Practice in Somerset with six other practitioners called Relationship Somerset. I run my own practice from the Health & Wellbeing Centre in Axminster, where I am also Director and Chair of the Trustees.
I spend my spare time walking, gardening, reading and listening to music. I have a thirst for knowledge and learning about the world, and my greatest pleasure comes from nurturing my own relationships with those who I love.
Qualifications and Training:
CCETSW Diploma (Residential Social Work 1972-1974)
Playgroup Leader NVQ 2 & 3 (1982 -1984)
Psychotherapy Course (1988 – 1990)
Accredited Relate Couple Counsellor Rel Cert CC (1990 -2012)
Transactional Analysis Course (1990 – 1991)
City & Guilds Adult and F E Teaching Certificate (1994 -1996)
Relate Trainer Qualified (1996)
Relate Family Counsellor Qualified (2005)
Relate Therapeutic Mediator Qualified (2007)
Non Violent Communication Training (2009)
Member of British School of Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
I am committed to Continuous Professional Development and I attend conferences and training days regularly, to keep up to date with new developments in the field.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I adhere to their code of ethics. I am committed to working for the client’s best interest; practising confidentiality, having a transparent working contract and promoting the client’s right to make their own decisions.