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    About Me

I often get asked ‘Why do you do what you do?’ and it's a good question.

Like many young people, I left school not knowing what I wanted to do as a career. I was torn between two completely different courses, but eventually chose - and enjoyed - studying childcare at college and through placements. I left college still unsure of what career path to follow though. Instead, aged 18, I managed to get a job where I could save money and then went backpacking around the world for a year.

I left England with nothing but a backpack and my best friend, but returned a completely different person. My life-changing moment came while travelling in East Asia. I was in Laos, enjoying a hot chocolate in a café (I love chocolate!) when I randomly picked up a book about psychology. It suddenly occurred to me that I'd always wanted to become the kind of person I wish I'd been able to turn to when I was at school.  At that precise moment I realised I wanted to become a counsellor and support children and young people. 

That was the beginning of a long period of study, until I eventually qualified as a BACP counsellor at the age of 27.

Since then, I have worked exclusively within the education sector as a school-based counsellor. Latterly, combining my academic knowledge with first-hand experience, I've realised that it's not just children and young people who need support, but teachers/support staff and parents/carers too.

Fast forward to today, and I am now a Senior Accredited Counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). In 2017 I qualified as an MHFA Youth Instructor and started my own business, Flourish, in 2019.

Areas of Expertise

I believe in empowering the child/young person to help themselves, and to develop their own resilience in order to make better choices and communicate their feelings more effectively now and in the future. I specialise working one-to-one with clients experiencing:

  • Family separation or divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Death of a loved one
  • Trauma
  • Bullying/cyberbullying
  • Self-harming behaviours
  • Gender/sexuality
  • Abuse (emotional, physical, sexual)
  • Suicidal ideation
  • Family relocation
  • Substance abuse or addiction in the family
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Mental illness, like depression or anxiety

I deliver tailor-made training to professionals that covers many different topics such as:

  • How to promote wellbeing in schools
  • Boundaries for better wellbeing
  • Strategies for supporting staff and student wellbeing
  • Understanding, managing, and supporting anxiety in school
  • Student wellbeing introduction for teachers in initial teacher training

And more!

 I also support parents/carers through webinars to the private sector.

 

 

Promoting happy young lives