I initially trained in the Person Centred Approach and started working as a counsellor in the NHS in 1994. Firstly in York and then in 1997 at North Manchester General Hospital as a Counsellor Specialist in their infectious diseases unit.
Between 1997 and 2005 I trained in an approach called Process Work or Process Oriented Psychology. This involved training in psychotherapy, relationship work, group process work, conflict resolution and working with physical symptoms.
In 1999 I set up my private practice in Manchester providing counselling, psychotherapy, supervision and training to individuals, couples and groups.
In 2005 I received my accreditation by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) which I have maintained ever since. I therefore work to their ethical framework, complaints procedure and continuing professional development (CPD) requirements.
In 2006 I left the NHS to begin my Herbal Medicine training at the University of Central Lancashire, qualifying in 2009 with a first class degree in herbal medicine. I am a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) and again work to their ethics, complaints procedure and CPD requirements.
In 2011 I trained in EMDR and in November 2013 received my accredited practioner status.
In 2014 I completed a Certificate in Supervision.
If people are to make changes in their lives so that they can be happier, more content, at peace, this at one moment may involve focusing on the what has happened in the past or at another time on their goals for the future, or developing strategies to overcome what is holding them back in the present, including addressing health issues.
As an herbalist I work to help reduce someone symptoms as well as look at the underlying causes of disease. I draw upon both western and Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches to do this.
I therefore draw on all my training and experience when working with people to give them a bespoke therapy which evolves with their changing needs.
I also enjoy working with a wide range of people from a wide range of backgrounds and welcome all ages, genders, races, sexualities and abilities