After 18 years working within the Corporate sector I found myself feeling empty, unfulfilled and without purpose. I realised changes needed to be made in all aspects of my life and resigned. I initially undertook a variety of voluntary work projects and then retrained to qualify with a PgDip from York St John University as a BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) Registered Psychotherapist & Counsellor. In addition, I embarked on training to become a Shamanic Practitioner of ancient and traditional shamanic healing techniques as well as training to become a Reiki Master and Epona Reiki Practitioner.
As well as private client work, I’ve worked as a Counsellor for ChildLine, The Place2Be (a national charity providing School based counselling services) as a Counsellor and Assistant Project Manager and worked for an independent charity in East Leeds as a Counsellor and also helping to support the growth of a school based counselling service across 14 primary schools and 3 secondary schools in the East Leeds area.
I’ve worked with Military Veterans, recovering alcohol, drug and substance misuses; victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse, neglect, trauma and bereavement and counselled individuals within the Criminal Justice System. I’m experienced in working with a wide range of emotional and mental health issues such anxiety, bereavement, depression, anger, addictions, low self-esteem, stress, behavioural issues, difficulties with relationships, trauma, attachment issues and life choices. I have specific training and extensive experience of working with self-harm, suicide ideation and suicide effecting young people and their families.
I also work with clients in a more holistic way, offering complementary therapies such as Reiki and as a Shamanic Practitioner, offering ancient healing techniques that go back thousands of years. Working in a Transpersonal Therapeutic way can also include these healing approaches where appropriate.
Being able to work in such a way can be a powerful process of healing and transformation as we work with the mind, body, spirit and soul. During the last 11 years I’ve studied and applied these ancient healing techniques to help promote and enhance my own healing, well-being and development in addition to supporting clients within my private practice and voluntary work. I’ve been fortunate to have received training in Italy, Spain, Denmark and the UK from some of the worlds leading teachers and practitioners.
As a Shamanic Practitioner I’m aligned with the Northern Drum Shamanic Centre based in Cornwall. I’m a qualified Reiki Master & Teacher and also trained as an Epona Equine Reiki practitioner able to work with Horses & animals.