I am a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist with particular insight into addiction, self-harm, and mental health difficulties. Alongside counselling young people and adults, I have many years’ experience both as a substance intervention worker and with supporting young people in residential care; all of whom struggled with complex familial, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Having overcome a long history of addiction, I have a unique perspective on service provision that brings added depth to my professional work as a trainer and therapist. I am passionate about seeing people reach their full potential and believe that positive change is possible regardless of the seemingly hopeless situations people find themselves in.
I love my work as a therapist but have found myself increasingly drawn towards supporting professionals working in front line services, such as social care, mental health and family support workers, teaching staff, family focus teams and the like. As I reflect upon my own journey through services, I am constantly reminded of those front line workers that, often thanklessly, took the time and made a huge difference to me. As a professional called to deliver such services, I am struck by the ever increasing demand for results in an environment where little value is placed on specialist training and supervision; elements I believe are essential for any successful provision. As such I am driven to bring my therapeutic knowledge and personal experiences together in a way that equips and empowers professionals working with difficult clients groups.