I am a Play Therapist and early year’s specialist offering a person-centred and psycho-dynamic approach to counselling. Sometimes, it’s difficult to put words to how we feel and this approach helps people to explore their emotional world through creative means…by this I mean art, craft, drama, puppetry, sand tray/small world exploration…It is fascinating to explore the symbolism behind ‘play’ and I love it when clients begin to understand themselves better and make positive choices for themselves. Although my approach is fantastic with children, many young people and adults have also benefited from its non-directive and relaxed nature. This is often the case with the professionals I supervise…using creative techniques really enhances their understanding of human behaviour particularly in relation to case discussion. I have to say, providing opportunities for others to become more self-aware is a real passion of mine.

Over the past seventeen years of working with children, young people and adults in a variety of roles, I have particularly come to value working collaboratively with parents and other professionals alike. I have found that it’s only when we truly work together that we see change occur. Spending time understanding the difficulties parents face and helping them to understand their child’s behaviour is definitely a passion of mine. It’s great to see relationships begin to mend.

I guess throughout my life I have always been interested in people and even though I have experienced much hurt through relationships, I have also experienced much joy. Life can throw up its difficulties and being able to receive help as well as give it, has definitely been part of my own journey. Like Karen, I love to use parts of my own story to bring theory to life when delivering training…this is again what makes us different at IntraQuest: we believe in the power of a personal story and that hope is available for all.