I am a fully qualified and insured Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I run my private practice in the South Hams, Devon and I am also the Safeguarding Lead and Wellbeing Counsellor for Hu Long Temple School of Chinese Martial Arts and Wellbeing, based in Totnes. Alongside this, I am also a member of the Devon Positive Behavioural Support (PBS) Network alongside a team of committed professionals who work with children and adults with complex mental health and behaviours that challenge.
I began my interest within the psychological therapies many years ago when I did my dissertation on Art Therapy and began working with young offenders 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. I am also the Trustee for Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (DCCP), a local charity organisation that provides low-cost psychological therapy in Newton Abbott.
I have worked 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 a 'Chan' 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.
Since then, I now work with both young people and adults, with complex mental health needs through to non-complex needs. Having spent many years working on advisory boards for the National Institute for Health Research and EU Horizon2020 for respiratory health research, I have supported patients, professionals and studentships from a multitude of cultures and backgrounds.
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
Having or supporting someone who has Cancer
Since 2010 I have been working alongside the wonderful charity that is Teens Unite Fighting Cancer, supporting young people 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.
Being diagnosed or supporting someone with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI)
I provide Counselling support to individuals with ABI and anyone affected by this life change, such as family members, friends and care givers. ABI is an area that I have worked with since 2011 and am very passionate about.
Supporting someone with complex learning disabilities including complex behaviours and complex mental health needs.
I provide Counselling support to care givers (such as family members), individuals and groups of support staff who work with learning disabilities and mental health needs that are considered "complex". This also includes working within areas that may involve loss or bereavement of someone they have supported, or incident cases where staff have been involved. I liaise with Positive Behavioural Support leads to create a network of understanding and discussion within supervision case studies in order to create the best PBS Plans to help individuals and their teams.
Being diagnosed or supporting someone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD
I have worked with PTSD and CPTSD within young people and adults for many years and an area of research I've spent a lot of hours delving into. More recently, I have began to look further into PTSD and CPTSD and how it is presented and experienced by individuals with learning disabilities and complex behaviours. Especially those who have left institutionalised settings, or who have experienced trauma but it is persistently being overlooked due to the severity of the behaviour that is being presented.