I'm a qualified person-centred counsellor from Cornwall. I have lived here all my life and I love being outdoors whatever the weather, even in our Cornish mizzle!
Before and during my counselling training 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. If you feel you need help and support to understand your feelings about a medical diagnosis, then please get in touch.
Whilst studying for a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling it is a requirement to complete 100 hours counselling. I volunteered for Cruse and Counsellors Together CIC, which included counselling people in supported housing. This has given me a breadth of experience in counselling people who are affected by a bereavement and loss, and those who are feeling worried, sad, lonely or depressed.
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. Sometimes it is hard to put things into words and so I have creative resources available which includes; play dough, sand tray, pens and paper. Clients can find visuals helpful as an alternative way to express themselves. This is a way I can tailor counselling to the needs of the client.
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. This endorses my knowledge and consolidates my skills to be able to work with a range of ages. I have recently been counselling children and young people, their ages range from 5 to 16 years old.
Chronic illness, medical diagnosis, including cancer, for patients and their loved ones
Grief, loss and bereavement