Early in my career I thought, "If I can help even a few people feel better about themselves, heal past wounds, and let go of the negative messages they have been given about themselves, then I've done what I wanted."
Therapy is not just a job that I clock in and out of; I feel grateful every day to have a role that allows me to help and support people to promote real change in their lives. I am constantly learning and honing my skills as a counsellor and psychotherapist through training, and experience. I don’t think we ever stop learning about ourselves & the world around us.
Therapy is about self acceptance
As well as knowing ourselves, that acceptance requests of us that we get in touch with our vulnerability and take risks, and make mistakes. I practice what I preach in that I see myself as just as flawed and human as everybody else. When we meet online for therapy I will work hard to develop a safe space in which you can explore your vulnerability and difficult feelings with an open and understanding 'other'.
I have an LGBTQ+ affirmative practice
Which means I recognise everyone’s chosen identity as equal and valid. I have worked with many clients who self-identify as LGBTQ+ and consider myself an ally. I have always seen the person before the label, and have also undertaken training in LGBTQ+ issues, such as working with non-binary and trans clients, because it should never be my clients' job to have to teach me about their world, just about themselves. Beyond sexuality and gender, I am a supporter of equal rights and believe that a society that does not recognise and accept privilege and difference is one which lets down its most vulnerable citizens.
I have been a therapist for over 10 years and you can read about my qualifications and accreditations here . I identify as cisgender and use the pronouns she/her.