Who am I?
I have been a practising psychotherapist, counsellor and energy healer in Shepshed, between Loughborough & Ashby-de-la-Zouch for the past 28 years. I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychotherapy, and became a professionally registered member of UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) in 1999, and am a Reiki Master, for which my membership organisation is The Reiki Association.
I am also a member of The British Holistic Medicine Association, The International Reiki Association, and am in the process of registering for membership of The Counselling Society, since it now better reflects my approach to treating the mind and body holistically.
Prior to training in this profession, I was Head of English in a secondary school, before subsequently training to become a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. For several years, I provided training across the charity sector, the public sector and in private companies, specialising in communication and interpersonal skills, assertiveness and confidence-building, time management and management development. This experience continues to prove useful to clients who come to see me for help in these areas.
I have also studied mindfulness, both as a personal practice, but also for the way in which it can benefit clients. I teach mindfulness techniques where clients specifically ask for them. Clients have particularly found them useful in helping with anxiety, panic attacks and OCD.
I was also, between 2001 and 2005, Director of the MA in Psychodynamic Counselling at Leicester University, This is also where I carried out my own 8-year counselling and psychotherapy training.
During that time, my specialist interest was the latest research in neuroscience, and in particular the interconnectedness of the mind and body. I have taught and lectured widely on this subject, and have a breadth of knowledge and experience on the relevance of latest findings and thinking in the treatment of trauma, PTSD and anxiety.
My experience as a therapist spans nearly 30 years, and inevitably that experience is therefore rich and varied and substantial. Throughout this time, I have maintained a significant private practice alongside working as a psychotherapist, supervisor, trainer and group facilitatorin a variety of other settings.
I worked initially as a counsellor at the University of Leicester Counselling Service, working both with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff.
I have also worked extensively in the statutory and charity sectors, working both with individuals and within teams. I have also worked with young people with special needs, and also with their families and the staff supporting them.
I have worked within companies and within teams in the private sector, providing support and training to employees experiencing personal difficulties which were impacting on their work, and still continue to be invited to do so. I have also supported staff in the statutory sector undergoing stressful or traumatic events, and have regularly run away days with the purpose of helping teams and the individuals within them process and come to terms with emotionally challenging experiences, especially for social services and the police.
Shortly after graduating as a psychotherapist, I was invited to become involved in the Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme at Leicester University. I initially taught on the Counselling Certificate, and then progressed to supervising and facilitating personal development groups as a group therapist.
I was appointed Director of the MA in Counselling in 1998, and maintained that post until leaving to set up in full-time private practice in 2004. I have been in full-time private practice since that time.
Why come to see me?
Sometimes, we want help but we don't feel that we can take all of who we are into therapy. Maybe we worry that our therapist doesn't share a spiritual view of the world, or that the spiritual dimension is one that doesn't belong in therapy or counselling. If you like, that it must be goal-based rather than exploratory.
Sometimes, we seek the aid of professionals who do not validate our sense of spirituality, and a big part of us becomes lost. With a spiritually-based therapist, however, you will find it easier to talk about life in a more meaningful way, and you will feel safe and secure when opening up. There are no barriers of understanding, just a deepening and allowing of your own sense of spirituality.
Spiritual growth challenges us and opens us up to compassion, love, and things that make our lives fuller and richer. It gives life a deeper meaning and strengthens the connection between you and your inner wisdom. Being connected to your inner guidance will, in turn, lead you to live a life full of gratitude and giving.
It is this additional dimension that, should you wish it, I will offer you
My initial training was psychodynamic. However, within that training there was significant emphasis placed upon the theory and practice of other models.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Brief Solution-Focussed Therapy
Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT)
In practice, my theoretical model is a holistic and integrative one, and I adjust my model and way of working to the needs of each individual client.
I am committed to providing a safe, respectful, lively and engaging space for you. My style is warm and friendly, but you will also find me very open, honest, challenging and insightful, and an active partner in your healing process.
My approach is holistic, and this means that I shall see you, and treat you, as a complex human being, mind-body-spirit. I shall see you as being many parts, many experiences, the sum total of all of these having brought you to where you are right now. And I shall hold you to be capable of healing yourself, and of having all the resources you need inside you.
All you need is my active company, support and expertise. And that you will have.
Why my work is spiritually-based
My experience as a psychotherapist, trainer and coach has increasingly led me to understand that all personal work is spiritual. I make a distinction here between spiritual and religious. We do not have to be religious in order to be spiritual, and being religious foes not make us spiritual.
My own process of personal work and growth as a human being has led me ever deeper along a spiritual path, and I have shared this path, and the wisdom arising from it, with thousands all over the world, via writing for Elephant Journal and Kindred Spirit Magazine and through my blog, speaking and events, on social media, YouTube and in a published book.
I find the process of sharing, enabling, empowering and encouraging immensely rewarding, and know that we never cease to grow and develop and evolve.
I would love to help you on your journey, and to accompany you as you witness your own growth and evolution.
My areas of specialism
I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced, or are experiencing difficulties with :
Serious or chronic illness
Bullying and Harassment
Borderline Personality Disorder
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
Pregnancy and motherhood
Difficulty letting go
Difficulties relating to other people
Longing for peace and inner stillness
Shyness, feeling self-conscious
Who I work with
I work with:
Children and young people
Parents and children