Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in journalism and documentary film making, based for ten years in Latin America.
On my return to the UK, I became involved with Parent Network, an organisation which was dedicated to improving relationships between parents and children. I learned principles of communication, such as listening with respect and empathy, and assertiveness without aggression. I saw my relationships with others improve as a result.
The philosophy of Parent Network incorporated the ideas developed by Carl Rogers, a pioneering psychologist whose non-judgemental approach to interpersonal relationships was life changing for me. I realised that I needed to understand myself and the way I related to others. I found a counsellor and began to explore my feelings, behaviours and relationships and how they had developed.
With the help of my counsellor and the respectful and compassionate way he related to me, I began to accept and value myself. I felt the positive impact on my relationships as I grew in confidence and felt more at ease in my own skin.
This experience made me want to train as a counsellor to help others. I trained in the person-centred approach, developed by Carl Rogers, which is a powerful yet gentle process of personal growth and change. In my work I also draw upon Mindfulness and Focusing which can enhance the therapeutic process by connecting with the body and breath.
I established my private practice, One to One Counselling, in 2001. Since then many individuals and couples have come for psychotherapy/counselling about a broad range of issues, all those listed on my home page and more.
My experience includes working as a volunteer bereavement counsellor, women's health counsellor in the NHS focusing on maternity and gynaecological issues, counselling carers and people suffering from dementia, work based counselling and counselling employees through employee assistance programmes.
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