About Me

Over the years I have been counselling, I have been on a journey of exploration into what makes us tick, and I am as passionate today about counselling as I was on my first day of training!

Every day I feel honoured and privileged to be able to do this job, as others share their lives with me.

I originally trained as a Therapy Radiographer in the NHS and having learned about the body and how it functions I became aware, as I was treating cancer patients, of the emotional impact there was when people had a life changing diagnosis- the fear and anxiety around the unknown and the existential issues around the meaning of life and death. My curiosity increased as I brought up my three children and so my fascinating journey of discovery and exploration into the human condition started.

Once my children became less reliant on me I retrained as a counsellor. A large part of person centred training was understanding ourselves and how we interrelate with others. The course required me to have personal therapy so I have a good understanding about what it feels like to be a client and the benefit I derived from counselling. My self awareness and insight developed which in turn helped me to develop my therapeutic practice.

In 2009 I trained as a clinical supervisor and work with trainee and qualified counsellors offering one to one or group supervision. I also provide group supervision to trainee counsellors at Leicester University.


Diploma (Therapy) Radiographer  1979  NHS Leicester Royal Infirmary

Certificate in Person Centred Counselling Skills RSA North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 1998

Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling - Counselling Training Initiatives (CTI ) 2002

Counselling and Bereavement - Cruse Bereavement Care - 2005

Diploma in Supervision  - Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI)  2011

BACP Certificate of Proficiency May 2013

Mindfulness 8 Week Course - Alison Beck November 2013

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Depression - Dr Trevor Friedman from Leicester Royal Infirmary - April 2001

Bereavement Workshop - Wigston College April 2001

Counselling those Bereaved by Suicide and Coping with Post Traumatic Shock - Cruse Bereavement Care Melton Mowbray Branch  March 2002

Cancer Counselling and The Ending of Therapy - University College London  April 2002

Introduction to Responding to Loss - CancerLINK September 2002

Depression -  Monk-Steel Associates September 2003

Forms of Feeling - Monk-Steel Associates January 2004

Self Esteem - Monk-Steel Associates January 2004

Consequences of Suicide - South Leicestershire College February 2004

The Hardest Words: Integration, Suicide Risk Assessment into Therapeutic Discourse - Dr Andrew Reeves Brooksby Melton College November 2005

Psychological Issues in Cancer Care - Dr Alex Mitchell February 2006

Vicarious Traumatisation - Loros April 2006

Person Centred Counselling and Psychopathology - Roger Casemore Warwick University February 2007

Self Harm, Self Injury and the Counselling Relationship - Dr Andrew Reeves Brooksby Melton College  April 2007

‘Sacred Space’: a Transpersonal Perspective - Ian Thorpe October 2007

Managing Anger -  Helen O’Neill CBT November 2007

Meeting At Relational Depth  - Steve Nicholls  February 2008

The Business Of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy(CBT) - Rod Booth CPD East Midlands January 2009

Depression -  Leicestershire’s Psycho-oncology Service February 2009

Compassion Focussed Therapy - Mary Welford - Compassionate Mind Foundation March 2009

Happiness and Psychotherapy: an existential perspective - Emmy van Deurzen May 2009

Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace - Highfield awarding body for Compliance June 2009

Working Alone Safely Training - Coping with Cancer (CWC) July 2009

End of Life Issues and Concerns - Steve Nicholls CWC September 2009

Benefits of Narrative Therapy Holistic Intervention at the End of Life - Loros September 2009

Psychological Aspects of Loss with reference to the dying and bereaved - Loros January 2010

Counselling Assessments - Steve Nicholls CWC  March 2010

Emergency First Aid at Work - PCR Training Services February 2011

Cancer Survival and the Moving On Group   April 2011

Survivorship - Loros September 2011

Cultural Aspects Of Death and Dying - Anjana Vaja CWC November 2011

The Use of Creative Tools in the Counselling Room March 2012

Supervision Workshop with Robin Shohet - SPTI  April 2013

Introduction to Mindfulness Silent Day - Alison Beck June 2013

Approaches to Loss and Grief - DVD 2013

How the Use of Images can help the Client’s Process in Therapy Sarah Taylor March 2014

Working with Couples -Relate Video - discussion CWC March 2014

Timelines - Mary Graham Leicester University CWC August 2014

When Neitzsche Wept - Book Discussion September 2014

OCD a CBT Approach Sally Ingram November 2014

The Psychopath Test - Book Discussion CWC January 2015

Sane New World - Book Discussion CWC May 2015

BACP Network Meetings March 2016

BACP Network Meetings July 2016

Training Written and led by Me

Listening Skills -  December 2011

Exploration of the use of Stones and Art in Therapy -Angela Varnham and Steve Nicholls October 2011

Stonework March 2012

Bereavement and Loss  October 2012

My Sister’s Keeper - Ethics November 2013

Cancellations and Endings in Counselling June 2014