I began my working career as a teacher in secondary education. I moved to the voluntary sector, still involved with training, but also pastoral care and some overseas development work.
I qualified as a counsellor in 2003, and then completed an MSc in Counselling Studies (Advanced Practice) at Edinburgh University in 2009; this included training in Supervision.
I have experience with clients bringing a variety of difficulties: depression, anxiety, loss and bereavement, post-traumatic stress, cultural stress and transition, relationship struggles, sexuality, sexual abuse and other forms of childhood abuse.
I have particular interest in working with clients of diverse sexualities, relational styles and gender identities.
I also have a particular interest in spirituality; however I work with clients of all faiths and none.
This quote tells you a little about how I see life:
“Hospitality means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend instead of an enemy. Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place. It is not to bring men and women over to our side, but to offer freedom not disturbed by dividing lines. It is not to lead our neighbour into a corner where there are no alternatives left, but to open a wide spectrum of options for choice and commitment.” — Henri J. M. Nouwen
I am an Accredited and Registered Member of the NCS and I work to their code of ethics and standards. For more information please go to www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org
I have undertaken a 2-year post-graduate diploma of training with Pink Therapy in gender and sexual and relational diversity therapy and I am an Advanced Accredited Sexual Diversity Therapist (Pink Therapy).
What is Temenos?
“Temenos” is a Greek word meaning “sacred space”. It refers to a space set apart for a specific purpose; a space with boundaries around it.