I’ve always been interested in people and understanding why people think and behave in the way they do. This inspired me to study Social Psychology (Bsc) and work in the charity sector.
I encountered my own mental health crisis in 2011 when I suffered work burn out which led to depression. It was a few years after that when the depression kept coming back that I started to see an Adlerian Counsellor who transformed my life. I started to understand myself in a way I never had before. It was so helpful that I decided to study counselling theory and skills for myself and went on to do a full diploma in Adlerian Counselling. It’s been amazing to be able to use some of those same skills that helped me, to help others.
After 10 years working in various roles in the charity sector, I now work as a freelance counsellor both privately and for organisations, as well as delivering training in mental health. Social justice has always been a big passion of mine so I'm also heavily involved in my local community. Part of my working week involves managing a small, free listening service in the council estate where I live and helping to pilot a self-esteem course for at risk teenage girls.
Originally from Northern Ireland I moved to Oxford in 2010. I am a Christian but the majority of people I work with are from all different faith backgrounds, or none.
I have worked with people with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, work related issues, major life transitions, sexuality, relationship problems, stress, parenting, low self-esteem and loss.
I have worked with both teenagers and adults.
*I am a member of ASIIP and BACP and have my own insurance.*