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I didn't set out to become a Counsellor. Life took strange and seemingly unrelated twists and turns and eventually led me to where I now find myself. Sometimes the journey isn't direct and detours can feel like a way of life, but then one day the sky clears, the road reveals itself and the direction becomes more obvious.
For many years I didn't know what I wanted to do. I used to enjoy learning languages and spoke French quite well so "the plan" was to go to University and study something vocational with French, but at the time I had other priorities.
Instead I worked in imports/exports for a French company in the UK and then did a huge variety of temp secretarial and admin jobs plus six months working abroad. Eventually I ended up as the PA to the Installations Manager at a double-glazing company. After a couple of years I became pregnant and left work to be a stay-at-home mum to my son. I didn't find the adjustment to parenthood at all easy so it was another 4 years before my daughter was born (to the day, I might add!).
Giving birth inspired me to train to become an Antenatal Teacher, mainly to help parents to make informed decisions with the aim of acheiving a more emowering and positive birth. After 3 years of study and assessment I qualified with the NCT in 1998. I have taught antenatal classes (including early days babycare and breastfeeding) for NCT and privately ever since, to groups, couples and individuals. In 2012 I added a hypnobirthing qualfication so I offer this kind of birth preparation too.
People have always interested me. I have always been curious about people's motivations and what shapes people to be as they are, alongside personal adaptation and growth. Over time I too have adapted, grown and changed, although not always through conscious choice and not always without a struggle! Looking back to my earlier interest in languages it seems that on some level I have always had an interest in communicating with others, in trying to understand and in being understood.
Following a number of "coincidences" the time felt right to take a 1-year Counselling Certificate course, just to help me work more effectively with antenatal groups. I still had no intention of becoming a Counsellor! Feeling more confident after completing this, I decided to continue and tackle the two-year Diploma course to qualify as a Counsellor. I am proud to say I qualified with Distinction in 2010 with the University of Winchester Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling (Level 5). I've been working as an independent counsellor ever since. Since qualifying I have occasionally been invited back to the course to teach 1-day workshops exploring creative approaches to counselling alongside personal growth.
I now offer either counselling alone, or (when appropriate) a combination of counselling, antenatal classes and courses, relaxation and breathing workshops and hypnobirthing.
I am passionate about working with people when they are undergoing transition in their lives. I seek to support, rather than to instruct. I want you to feel empowered to make positive changes and choices that are right for you.
So that's quite a bit about me. Now I look foward to hearing about you! There's a contact form on this page, along with my email address and phone number, so please feel free to get in touch if there's anything that you think I might be able to help with.