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.
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.
Chronic illness, medical diagnosis, including cancer, for patients and their loved ones
Grief, loss and bereavement