I am fully insured and DBS checked.
My career began in a childcare setting before I worked in a residential care home for young people whom for various reasons could not live at home. Whilst working in residential care I trained as an Early Years and Education NVQ Assessor as well as a Parenting Advisor which enabled me to run groups for parents who were struggling with the difficulties parenting brings.
In 2005 I trained in STEPS (Steps to Excellence for Personal Success), a group facilitation, life coaching practitioner. I have successfully run over 100 groups for adults and children and have seen huge results from many participants. In 2009 myself and a colleague won the Leeds City Council award for running STEPS programmes that were innovative due to the age range of our participants (6-88) along with the positive life changes they reported.
In 2006 I became the manager of a family project, offering support to both children and adults who were facing difficulties within their lives. I have worked successfully with individuals, couples and groups offering support around domestic violence, difficulties in relationships, sexuality, debt management, bullying, abuse, etc. Later that year I began my journey towards the Dip He in Therapeutic Counselling, studying Relational Psychotherapy. I found this to be both an interesting and humbling experience. I have completed over 9000 hours of counselling practice.
I am an accredited member of the BACP and am registered on the Voluntary Register of Counsellors as I strongly believe in the values and ethics that it supports.
Additional training includes:
Rewind for Trauma
Counselling for Children and Adolescents
Using CBT with children and families
Safetalk (suicide awareness)
Anger & Aggression Management
Conflict Mediation & Negotiation
Group training and support.
I currently work as a Parent & Child Counsellor for a Leeds based charity along with managing my own Private Practice.
Throughout my career my aim has always been to support people of all ages work through difficult times, reach their own potential, set their own goals and to feel proud of what they have achieved.