I am a mixed race (Chinese Malaysian and British) fully qualified and insured Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a governing body who are regulated by the professional standards authority. This means I am bound and governed by the the BACP ethical framework for good practice and professional conduct and have been assessed to their standards of proficiency. I run my private practice in the South Hams, Devon where I work online, face to face or utilise walking and talking outside. I am also a member of the Devon Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Network with a team of committed professionals who work with children, young people and adults with complex mental health and behaviours that challenge. I am a trained (NSPCC CPSU) Safeguarding Lead, an Assistant Coach in traditional Chinese Martial Arts and am enhance DBS checked.
I began my interest within the psychological therapies in 2009 when I did my dissertation on Art Therapy during my Photography Degree at the University of the Arts London, and began working with schools, universities and colleges in the UK and abroad, as well as young people with cancer diagnoses utilising the creative therapies for self expression with Art Is The Cure. Since 2010, I have worked in partnership with charity Teens Unite Fighting Cancer providing workshops in self-care, Chinese Martial Arts and Wellbeing such as meditation and mindfulness. I have also helped to support young people and their families during their cancer journey.
By 2012 I began working predominately with at-risk young people within secure alternative provisions for mental health and complex behaviours, as well as mainstream educational settings to provide them with the most holistic person centred support in order for them to thrive healthily. I utilised the Thrive Approach, as well as canine assisted therapy, mindfulness and meditation, martial arts and exercise, talking therapies, art and creative therapies such as filmmaking, music production, and street art. Alongside this I became heavily involved in patient advocacy especially within ethnic minorities and sports for the National Institute for Health Research, Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation, this included being a member of clinical research panels and advisory boards for ongoing or proposed NIHR clinical research for over 10 years.
In 2017 I began volunteering as a trained therapist at Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy where I stayed until 2019 before becoming one of their Trustees and setting up my own private practice, working with both young people and adults, with complex mental health needs through to non-complex needs.There are many areas I have worked in within mental health support. Take a look below to read about my specific interests, or have a look at the list of presented difficulties I have experience with.
Areas of Specific Interest
If you have or are supporting someone who has Cancer
Since 2010 I have been working alongside the wonderful charity that is Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, supporting 13 to 25 year olds and their families who have been affected by cancer. Having also been directly affected by cancer within my life multiple times, I have a huge passion in helping to support others who have been affected by this disease too. This involves not only the diagnosis, but also the entire journey such as treatment, remission and life after cancer. I provide counselling support to individuals, friends and family members who have been affected by cancer for as long as they need it. I can also provide further support through holistic wellbeing classes that are run by an extremely experienced and trained professional with Hu Long Temple.
If you are grieving
I provide Counselling support to anyone who is going through a period of change or loss. Grief in particular can differ from person to person in terms of how they communicate grief, how they process it and how long they grieve for. It does not have to be grieving a friend, family member or someone they know, it can also extend to a loss of a pet or animal they were very close to, through to losing their home, a job, or a significant change in routine.
If you have been diagnosed or are supporting someone with Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD
I have worked with PTSD and CPTSD, personality disorders and dissociative disorders within young people and adults for several years. What causes trauma for one person may not cause trauma to another and is entirely unique to that individual. We can also experience trauma from watching/hearing something distressing happen to someone else, or learning about a distressing event by hearing or reading about it too (also known as Secondary Trauma). Therapy for trauma, particularly complex trauma or personality disorders, is long-term work and requires a lot of commitment as well as healthy breaks away from therapy too. It requires an approach that helps the person explore at an appropriate pace, with the awareness to not re-traumatise the person by delving into too much too quickly, or for too long. There is a big emphasis on the safety, trust and autonomy of the therapeutic relationship.