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Is talking to friends and family exhausting? Do you get the feeling that they don't understand anyway?

Or does the feeling of burden prevent you from talking full stop?

If that's you, I am here to help.

I specialise in helping clients who have been bereaved.

I help you to regain your inner peace. I help you to be able to live without the excruciating every day pain. I help you to look at the picture of your loved one without thinking you'd break down again.

I am a professional and experienced bereavement counsellor offering individual therapy in Crawley, West Sussex. I am now qualified online and telephone counsellor and I am able to offer online or telephone counselling to clients in whole of the UK.

I feel very passionate about what I do and I sincerely hope that this shows in my work. 

COVID 19 UPDATE - I offer Face to Face as well as online therapy. To help me to minimise the spread of the virus I do weekly rapid lateral flow Covid -19 test as well as adhere to the strict cleaning procedures.

   I know how complicated grief can be. I know what it is like to feel alone, isolated and not having anyone to talk to. I know that it is not uncommon to feel like burden or that talking is pointless because no one really understands anyway. You might feel guilt or anger. Or just utter shock and disbelief that this has happened to you. To get on with your life as your friends and family expect you to after certain amount of time might be harder than you have ever imagined. I know far too well how that feels. My own grief journey was far from straight forward. If you'd like to know more, please read my own grief story in my blog.

The first step is always the hardest.

 I am here to help.

Qualification and
Experience

It would be fair to say that it was my life experiences of childhood trauma and profound loss that eventually lead me to my counselling profession. 

Prior to qualifying as a counsellor I worked as a support worker to adults with learning difficulties as well as teaching assistant and 1:1 class support at primary school.

Once entering the counselling profession, I have had the privilege to work with adults as well as youth. Two very different therapeutic approaches but equally rewarding.

I feel very proud to have been approached by and now working for a local charity  - supporting those who feel suicidal or lost their loved ones to suicide. Suicide grief can be more complex and prolonged. Trying to come to terms with all the "Why-s" and "If-s" is not easy. The shock of suicide can be long lasting and often people are not aware of this. Suicide can be a very difficult subject to talk about and it can create tension and uneasiness within the family and friends circle.

It was my honour to be a part of Carers Support West Sussex team and offer counselling to carers who on top of their caring role started to struggle with their mental health. Some of the therapeutic work contained working with anxiety, depression, bereavement, terminal illness, loss of self identity, relationship difficulties and many more. 

As well as working with Carers Support I worked with Mind Crawley & Horsham as a peer mentor. This very different role allowed me to help people to improve their emotional well being, sense of belonging and self esteem.

 Volunteering for over a year with YMCA Dialogue offered me unforgettable and thoroughly enjoyable experience of working with youth. 

When working with youth I have come across presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, loss, peer pressure, finding their own identity, sexual identity, family dynamics, career choices, difficulties  being a young carer and many more. 

         My qualifications:

Foundation degree in Humanistic counselling FdSc,

NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling skills and theory,

NCFE Level 2 Award in helping skills,

NCFE Level 1 Award in interpersonal skills

  Further training includes:

Working with low mood, anxiety and resilience

Understanding and coping with Anxiety

Suicide awareness and prevention

Complex Bereavement

Creative intervention in trauma work

Absent fathers and the impact on Self

Infant Loss Training

Assisting clients with subsequent pregnancies after loss

Qualified in online and telephone counselling

To help me to be the best I can in my profession I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Being a member means I abide by their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. The Ethical Framework is based on principals of autonomy, respect, trustworthiness, avoiding harm to the client and promoting the client's well-being. I also abide by the Guidance of good practice which include monitoring fitness to practice, accountability, provision of confidentiality and respect. I undertake regular continuing professional development (CPD) and my work is regularly overseen by a clinical supervisor. My policies and practices meet the high standard for data privacy introduced by the new European Union data protection law known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

I work to the UK jurisdiction. I only work with clients residing in the UK.

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