I have been counselling for over twenty years and have built up a considerable amount of experience. My previous work as a counsellor has been with clients struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, or with family members of people in active addiction. This client group brought a huge amount of complex material, including mental health problems, dual diagnosis, (more than one addiction or issue to work with), and often a great deal of past trauma. Working with addiction gave me a wide range of clients with some very challenging issues. Some clients have brought histories of abuse in childhood, bereavement, relationship breakdown and mental health issues, to name but a few.
My current work focuses on supporting people working with life changes. You might be in any transitional phase in your life, changing career, beginning or ending a relationship, processing grief or loss. You may be exploring a new spiritual path or trying to bring more creativity into your life
Among my more current clients are people in the arts and media who want to explore their relationships with their work, or who are experiencing creative blocks. I also work with clients in senior positions in their organisations, who are looking for stress management strategies.
My supervision experience.
I have been a supervisor for the last five years. My supervision model is Relational/integrative, mirroring the way I work with my counselling clients. I strongly believe that the relationship between counsellor and supervisor is key to the work they accomplish between them. I work towards trust, mutual respect and creating a safe space, where supervisees feel able to bring any aspect of their work and their process.
My early supervision work was with trainee counsellors. I supervised between sixteen and twenty student counsellors on placement at an organisation offering low cost counselling for clients with alcohol misuse problems. Working with student counsellors gave me the opportunity to gain insight into a number of different counselling models.
Having moved into private practice, my current supervisees are all qualified therapists or supervisors themselves. I also supervise some counsellors working with an organisation offering counselling to children and teenagers in crisis.