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From as young as I can remember, I have always been intrigued by the bigger questions such as 'Why are we here?', 'What is life all about?'. Funnily enough, I still do not have the answer, but I have made a choice to make my life's journey worthwhile. I knew I had to do something to make me feel that my life had meaning and purpose. Becoming a counsellor was my calling. I hope through counselling I will be able to help you work through your difficulties and break free from any negative thoughts and feelings you may have to allow you to experience life to its fullest.
My experience over the past twelve years has been in a secondary school setting, supporting young people with social and emotional difficulties. I work individually and within small groups of students. I have never come across a young person who I believe did not have good reason to be 'acting up'. Sometimes it is obvious but It can take some time to uncover the problem that lies behind the behaviour. I believe it is essential that time is given. The emotion felt which can drive the behaviour is the vulnerable part that needs investigating and nurturing. Once taken care of the young person will feel happy and safe and the challenging behaviour subsides.
I felt it was important to engage parents, so I trained to facilitate a Positive Parenting Programme which was hugely successful. I received good feedback from parents who noticed improved behaviour from their children at home and in college. Parents also noticed that their newly formed healthy relationships gave their children a sense of security for them to flourish.
I also have experience of working with young people in care who face unimaginable adversities. This is where I gained a great deal of insight into others, as well as myself. Learning how I could be, to best support vulnerable young people such as these.
Engaging young people can be difficult, therefore I embarked on an Insider Art Sand Tray Therapy Course.This allows the therapeutic work to take place with little verbal communication, enabling young people to express how they are feeling. It's an alternative way to work through difficult emotions
I teach Mindfulness to students in secondary school. The 'Teach .b Certification Course' is a ten-week programme which is proving to be beneficial to their wellbeing. Please see the link https://mindfulnessinschoolsproject.org Being mindful is now a part of my daily life and why I chose 'Mindful Counsellor'.
My experience as a counsellor has allowed me to work alongside clients who have experienced difficulties, such as; episodes of anxiety, depression, childhood sexual abuse, emotional neglect, bereavement, low self-esteem amongst many other difficult thoughts and feelings.
My clients and students have given feedback which can be read on 'Clients Feedback' page.