In the early 1990’s I was a volunteer at a hospice in Ireland where I had gone to live with my family and developed an interest in developing the skill to be a competent listener. I consequently enrolled on counselling training at Galway University and was hooked! I moved back to the UK in 1993 and completed my diploma in counselling then. However due to family circumstances (being a single parent) I took on a series of jobs where I was able to use my counselling skills but not work formally as a counsellor. I worked with teenagers in care, as a project worker with ex-offenders and as a manager at a housing project for young people. I completed further studies in counselling in 2005 and became a volunteer counsellor with West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre which I still do. I have also been the Counselling Manager at the Centre for over 3 years but left to focus a bit more on my private work.
I very much enjoy working with people to bring change in their lives, uncovering a way forward which is right for them and working towards a level of self-acceptance and contentment.
Being a student of a Tibetan Buddhist Lama supports me in my work and I find that meditation practise is something that is of benefit to me both personally and professionally.