My interest in counselling started in 1986 with Pastoral Care work and in 1998 I was fortunate to be able to undertake a Certificate in Counselling. I then moved to Guernsey in 1999 and completed a Diploma in Clinical and Pastoral Care Course by distance learning through the Institute of Counselling in Glasgow in 2003. I started working as a volunteer counsellor with Guernsey Bereavement Service in 2002 and have specialised in Bereavement and Loss. I count it a privilege to work with people enabling them to come to terms with whatever loss they have experienced and to bring them to a new way of being as they transition through life.
In 2009 I undertook a postgraduate certificate in counselling supervision with the University of Plymouth. It is vital for counsellors and other professionals who work with people to have a chance to explore their work and its impact on them so I also offer this service within Island Counselling.
I undertook a further Diploma in Counselling, based on Guernsey, under the guidance of Kathy Raffles Counselling Services. I have an integrative approach to counselling, which means I am trained in a variety of different approaches and skills. From these I tailor the counselling to suit the specific needs and circumstances of each individual.
I am a registered accredited counsellor and supervisor with National Counselling Service.
I enjoy and commit to undertaking professional development in order to keep my skills up to date. In the past couple of years these have included workshops on Couple counselling, attachment, mindfulness, shame, borderline personality disorders. I attend a professional development group once a month and also have monthly supervision with my Guernsey based supervisor.