I am a counsellor/family mediator and divorce coach based in Sevenoaks and Tunbridge Wells.
My career starting with training to be a nurse at The Royal London Hospital (many years ago!). After marriage and a career break to bring up children I decided to study to become a counsellor. I had witnessed someone close to me struggle with debilitating depression and anxiety, which made me want to learn more about these conditions and how I could help. Years spent at college, and reading lots of books, taught me to be a counsellor, but I believe that the true learning of how to be an effective counsellor began during my first session with a client. At that point I moved from learning about counselling to learning how to be a counsellor, and how to interact with a person who has come to me for help in dealing with their life problems.
Having qualified I accepted a challenging role in developing a voluntary counselling service within a large GP Practice in East Sussex, which I ran successfully for five years. Since qualifying I have gained diplomas in both hypno-therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and I am a registered member of the UK Association for Humanistic Psychology Practitioners (UKAHPP).
Ever hungry to learn and develop my skills, in 2018 I trained as a family mediator and most recently as a divorce coach and am a registered member of Resolution, a 'family' of law professionals trusted to help sort out issues involving the breakdown of your marriage, care of your children, your home and your finances.
1A type of therapy that focuses on the present moment, rather than past issues to help the client tap into their innate abilities, creativity and wisdom to fulfil their own potential as a human being.