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About me…

When life is overwhelming, I believe therapy is invaluable and life-changing.

I’m 45 and I live in north Bristol with my husband, Maisie the cat and our full-on preschooler! I’m a dog lover too and have fostered trainee guide dogs in the past which I adore doing, though I’m not sure Maisie does! I teach and play the piano and love to travel and immerse myself in new countries and cultures – all the photos on this website come from my personal holiday albums.

I initially graduated with a degree in music from Cardiff in 1996 followed by teaching training in Bath. After a short career teaching music in both a secondary school and a Young Offenders Institute, I became an Education Welfare Officer supporting families through difficult times which prevented their child from going to school and later co-managed the service. Then, whilst training to become a Counsellor, I managed Parent Support Advisor Service in Bath schools and later managed a schools-based counselling service in South Wales.

I qualified as a counsellor in 2010 with a Post-Graduate Diploma, converting this to an MSc in 2011 and qualifying as a Counselling Supervisor in 2014. I am an accredited member of the BACP and have a private practice seeing clients and supervising other counsellors and family workers in schools. I am also the School Counsellor for Redmaids’ High School.

 

I also occasionally write about feminism and body image, of which a recent article of mine is below.

 

Articles

Therapy Today article (Dec 2014, Reader)