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I’ve always had an interest in human behaviour and this led me to study Psychology, Philosophy and English Literature at University. I planned on extending my Psychology studies after I graduated but found the pull of overseas travel too strong. A year abroad somehow turned into almost 20 years living in the UK. My love of the written word led into a career as a writer in the advertising industry. I got married, had children and began freelance writing but something was missing. I felt a yearning to do something professionally I could feel proud of. During a chance conversation with a friend, I realised I’d had the answer all along, it just needed to come to me at the right time. I went back to University and completed a post-graduate Certificate in Counselling followed by a post-graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As part of my studies I undertook my own counselling. This was something I had always wanted to do as I had some unresolved issues from childhood that had left me with self-esteem issues. It wasn’t an easy process but as I began to understand the theories I was learning in my studies, they helped me understand why I was the person I was. This helped me realise what happened to me as a child wasn’t my fault but just as importantly, I learnt that how I was behaving as an adult was my responsibility. With the help of my counsellor, I was able to let go of the controlling ‘shoulds’ and ‘musts’ I’d inherited from childhood. Instead of feeling like a victim, which had brought  me so much sadness, anger and frustration, I was able to replace those feelings with self-kindness, acceptance and a new found belief in my abilities. It was an incredibly freeing and empowering experience. I knew that if I could give others the opportunity to heal in this way, I would be providing something that was incredibly powerful.

I am now proud of offer counselling for anxiety, counselling for trauma, counselling for teengers and counselling for women.

 

Experience

After studying Psychology over 20 years ago, I have volunteered for ChildLine, a UK based helpline that supports children and young people, completed my professional counselling training at WomensCentre, a free drop-in centre for women who  experience violence and mental health issues and worked as a counsellor and group facilitator at Skylight Mental Health. I am also a member of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and a passionate supporter of Counsellors Care, a movement to give Australians access to timely and cost effective mental health support delivered by counsellors.

Qualifications

Flinders University

BA English & Psychology

1995-1997

Leeds Beckett University

PG Certificate Counselling & Interpersonal Skills

2016-2017

Leeds Beckett University

PG Diploma Counselling & Psychotherapy (Distinction)

2017-2019

Professional Development

Never Good Enough: An introduction to using ACT for unhelpful perfectionism, fear of failure & relentless self-criticism

Introduction to OCD Assessment and Treatment

Knowing the Narcissist - Recognising the subtle signs beyond the DSM

Diaphragmatic Breathing for Anxiety: Enhancing clinical approaches in treatment of anxiety.

Chair Work: How and when to use this valuable intervention.

Eating Disorders: Key skills and strategies to increase your confidence and enhance client outcomes.

Discover Internal Family Systems (IFS): Recognise the roles and functions 'parts-of-self' play from a non-pathologising perspective.

Suicide Prevention Summit 2021

Developing Momentum in Therapeutic Relationships

Psychosocial Impact of Trauma

NICABM Expert Strategies for Working with Traumatic Memory

Reducing NSSI in Minority Adolescents by Strengthening Family Connections and Enhancing Distress Tolerance

Treating PTSD (Day 1-2) with Dr Leah Giarratano