I am a psychodynamic counsellor who is passionate about giving every child a chance to have their behaviour and mental health understood.
Prior to counselling, I worked for 15 years in various education roles, ranging from pre-school up to secondary schools in various support, teaching, forest school teaching and school leadership roles within the Essex and Suffolk area.
I have supported vulnerable families as a family liaison and designated safeguarding leader and have experience in supporting vulnerable and traumatised children, including those in local authority care.
Since 2016, I have been a licenced 'Thrive Approach' practitioner supporting children with their emotional needs within the school setting.
Prior to this, I have worked and volunteered in the NHS as both a Community First Responder for the East of England Ambulance service and as a ward-based breastfeeding supporter.
In my Therapeutic BA, I focused my research on the space within mainstream education for traumatised children.
In my most recent training (MA in Psychodynamic Counselling), I worked with a range of clients in primary and secondary education settings as well as adults in the health and social care sector, covering a range of clinical themes including: trauma, parental illness and terminal illness, anxiety, incontinence, ADHD, absconding, abuse, domestic violence, bereavement and grief, aggression, psychosomatic illness, disassociation disorder and depression. This list is not exhaustive to my knowledge and understanding to the many other themes that clients may present with and my work experience.
I volunteered at a private counselling practice in a parental support group and also established my own group within my previous employment. Parental support is something that I am passionate about.
Having a child with a social, emotional or mental health need can be extremely challenging and I believe in non-judgemental collaboration with the family to support you through this period. I believe in supporting parents through the process and will meet and communicate with you at intervals whilst supporting your child.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more,