Job Role: I began my career as a nursery nurse and completed a diploma in ‘Childcare, Learning & Development’. I went on to complete a degree in ‘Working with Children, Young People, and Families and Counselling Studies’. This provided me with an understanding of the social, economic, educational, political, and cultural issues and barriers facing children, young people, and families, and the language to advocate accordingly. Undertaking counselling studies provided me with an understanding of the importance of adopting a person-centred approach and the benefits integrated therapeutic skills can have on communication and engagement with children, families, and professionals. Alongside this, I have developed a wide set of experiences through working within the voluntary sector, inside and outside of the UK including working in orphanages in Uganda, Cambodia, Macedonia, and India. I went on to complete an MA in Social Work and have practiced as a Social Worker in the Local Authority for 5 years. My Social Work background has provided the experience needed to work effectively with experiences of trauma, loss, and attachment difficulties. I am familiar with working empathetically with a diverse range of client groups with varying presentations, and with professionals from many different mental health disciplines.
I am currently in the final stages of training to become an Integrative Children and Adolescent Psychotherapist. While training, I have been working in a private therapeutic practice as a Training Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, carrying out therapeutic interventions with children and adolescents and their caregivers. I offer children and adolescents the use of a range of tools such as paint, clay, pen and paper, and puppets. I have discovered a curiosity to understand life from a child and adolescent-like perspective. This involves listening, observing, and paying attention to what children are saying both verbally and non-verbally. Throughout my career, I have gained a reputation for my ability to connect with people from all backgrounds. My style is warm and approachable, and brings a sense of fun that allows children and carers to be at ease. Providing a calm, non-directive, and empathetic space to promote growth and personal development, where people can feel truly heard and emotionally met.
I offer long-term face-to-face work, online counselling, and short-term face-to-face work to children, adolescents, and adults. My specialisms are Child abuse, trauma, stress, exploitation, family breakdown, separation, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, family/relationship issues, neurological disorders, gang affiliation, knife crime, Child and/ or parental substance misuse, placement breakdown, and personal growth.
Favourite thing: Fluffy blankets and fluffy socks.
Least favourite thing: walking in the rain and getting wet socks.
Superhuman Power: being able to zoom from A to B.
Personality Type: Protagonist