About Me

I am an accredited counsellor and qualified Occupational Therapist. I am registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and the HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council). I have a post-graduate diploma and an MSc in Counselling from the University of Bristol. 

I worked as a Mental Health Occupational Therapist for 12 years, including head of department at the Priory Hospital, London. After gaining additional professional training as a counsellor I have had broad experience, including at the University of Bath and workplace counselling for Wessex Water.

Specific experience and training in working with individuals and family members affected by brain injury or other neurological difficulties has been gained from fourteen years at the Neuro Rehabilitation Unit at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath. As a member of the inter-disciplinary team, I worked closely with other disciplines. I provided individual counselling for patients and led the family programme. Actively involved in the research agenda, I led and contributed to a number of research projects.

A high level of professional development is maintained with regular attendance at appropriate courses and networking with other professionals.

I currently work independently but in close association with other team members when working with a client in the community. I use a confidential consulting room in a Bath clinic and see clients in their own homes if needed, within a radius of about 1.5 hours travel from Bath.

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS certificate.

Referrals are from case managers, solicitors, other professionals as well as self-referrals. I am BUPA registered.

Qualifications and professional registration

Diploma in Occupational Therapy, Dorset House, Oxford 1980

Diploma in Counselling, University of Bristol 1998

MSc in Counselling, University of Bristol, 2000

Certificate in Working with Couples, 2006

 

Publications

“Working in a Head Injury Unit” in Rehabilitation Counselling in Physical and Mental Health ed. K Etherington. Pub. Jessica Kingsley, 2002

“Diurnal Cortisol and Coping Responses in Close Relatives of Patients with Severe Brain Injury”

in Brain Injury October 2010