Many people benefit from Counselling: it can help us gain insight into ourselves and our lives, achieve a different perspective on our circumstances, find new coping strategies and generally feel better and more positive. Counselling can help you to come to terms with difficulties which may have happened in your life, whether these are life transitions such as relationship breakdowns, unemployment or bereavement. It also helps us to talk about and process painful thoughts and feelings associated with hurtful events in our past that may be affecting our quality of life today. This may include childhood issues, abuse and abandonment.
It may be that you are experiencing difficult circumstances, thoughts or feelings that could be preventing you from getting the most out of life. Counselling helps us to look at these difficulties in a safe and confidential environment and work towards a way forward.
I am a warm and accepting Counsellor based in Darwen, Lancashire and offer counselling to both adults and children in my private practice. I have also worked within Lancaster Schools as a Children's Counsellor and see adults regularly within a General Counselling Service in Accrington. As well as running my own private practice I currently coordinate a large counselling service for a charity on a job share basis.
Over the past 12 years I have worked in various supportive roles in both a voluntary and paid capacity with communities, individuals and young people. I had the opportunity over a seven year period to help people make a difference to their communities through environmental regeneration. This included developing play spaces, community gardens and delivering environmental campaigns in schools. These projects helped individuals to not only make a difference to their areas but also to their lives by becoming more empowered to seeing the change that can be achieved through positive action. My desire to enable and empower individuals to make positive changes has shaped my counselling work.
I have also supported individuals who are homeless to gain housing in the private sector. My work experience has included keyworking and support planning in a residential setting to encourage skills development helping homeless individuals to progress towards independent living.
Much of my career has involved rapport building with individuals from very diverse backgrounds and circumstances including professionals, inmates, homeless individuals and those with drugs, alcohol or mental health problems. This has enabled me to develop a non judgemental, accepting, empathic approach to working with people.
Voluntary roles have included part time youth work over a five year period, meeting with homeless individuals in Manchester and a literacy tuition placement in a Prison.