I work in private practice and have a mixed caseload. I offer brief and longer term relational therapy to adults from teens to beyond retirement to:
It is natural to wish to make sense of our experience when life gets difficult.
From a very uncertain start in life a good education enabled me to work in a number of industries, public and private sectors, finance, sales and travel. Nothing really captured my attention until the silver lining of redundancy in the year 2000 resulted in taking a careers questionnaire highlighting psychotherapy as a career path. My work with Carers began in 2001. With a lifetime’s experience managing the maze of health care systems I related to the many moments of muddle clients shared.
By 2006 personal experience had shaped my interests and I found myself working with people dealing with life limiting illness, long term health conditions and carers. I have played my part in caring for an elderly person with dementia and know the limitation of services available. I also experienced a shocking and sudden death of someone close. I learned about my own resources and of those around me becoming, as some say, A Useful Woman to Know…
I have learned to accept compliments and to venture out of my ‘comfort zone’ to try new things and a whole new world now awaits me.
Working with Carers enabled me to make sense of so many of my own experiences, making adjustments to life events, fluctuating health and ever changing support services. I listened to their stories full of learning to live with their loved one in a new way, often relationships changed forever.
Qualified in 2011, having been delayed by life events, in 2012 I began my private practice – Moments of Muddle, because life just doesn’t always make sense.
During 2012/3 I trained in Advocacy and Mindfulness. I have learned good self care, for me, is fundamental to caring and maintaining a balanced, healthy life.
2014-18 I coordinated a BACP Private Practice Regional Network. A great boost to my local professional contacts. In 2016 I gained a Certificate in Supervision. In 2018 I reacquainted myself with Cruse Bereavement Care, as a Supervisor. (Initially I’d trained with them in 2003.)
I adhere to British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, (BACP) Ethical Framework for The Counselling Professions. I am committed to a program of continuing professional development, including regular meetings with a supervisor to monitor my practice. I have professional indemnity insurance and am registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office, (ICO).