ABOUT ME

I'm a qualified counsellor from Cornwall. I have lived here all my life and I love being outdoors whatever the weather, even in our Cornish mizzle! 

 

Alongside my counselling practice I work in a primary school in their pastoral support team.

Previously I worked for three and a half years as a Macmillan Professional, employed by a charity emotionally supporting people affected by brain tumours. If you are struggling with the emotions of a medical diagnosis from a chronic illness or disease, whether you are the patient, family member, carer or friend, I know it can be overwhelming at times.  I also have my own personal experiences, which led me to training to become a counsellor.  If you feel you need help and support to understand your feelings about a medical diagnosis, then please get in touch.

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Whilst studying for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling it is a requirement to complete 100 hours counselling.  I volunteered for Cruse (bereavement charity) and Counsellors Together CIC. This gave me a breadth of experience in counselling people affected by a bereavement and loss, and those presenting with anxiety, worries, sadness, loneliness and depression. 

I qualified as a counsellor in 2017, and now offer counselling in the St Austell area. If I were to describe the way I work as a counsellor, it includes with compassion, calmness, consideration and connection.  Since the pandemic I have moved my counselling online and by telephone, and in person sessions are outdoors; walk and talk therapy.

I endeavour to tailor counselling to client's needs and interests and so encourage creativity, and using metaphor, analogy and visualisations in sessions. I consider this helps me to better understand what it's like for clients and I walk alongside them in their pain and discomfort. 

Prior to training to be a counsellor I worked for 8 years in a nursery, 5 of those I was nursery manager.  I have an Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies, which is where my interest in attachment and relationships began. With this interest in mind, I studied a CPCAB Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. This learning supports how I can work more relationally, and with people who have more severe and complex mental health problems.

SPECIALTIES
  • Chronic illness, medical diagnosis, including cancer, for patients and their loved ones

  • Grief, loss and bereavement

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Relationship difficulties