I am passionate about breaking down traditional ideas about what counselling 'should' be, and creating something that works for all my clients as individuals. You can expect me to be an authentic, real human. I believe counselling is about connection, humour, difficulty and everything in between.
I offer a lived experience perspective when working with neurodivergent, trans/non-binary and queer clients. Although I may not have shared experience with every client, I bring a strong understanding of the experience of 'otherness' and discrimination. I also work with a variety of other issues.
You can see more about my experience and qualifications below.
OFF BEAT THERAPY
Your counselling appointments are an opportunity to set aside time that is dedicated to you. I aim to provide an environment where every aspect of you is welcome.
I work in an integrative way. This means I am trained in both psychodynamic and humanistic modalities, and can draw on many different therapeutic ideas from both of these approaches to create a new way of working that’s specific to you.
The work I do is also intersectional, based on the belief that you shouldn't need to go to different services for different parts of your identity to be understood and accepted.
Information about some of the terms I use to describe my counselling are on the ‘FAQ’ page.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
I began my career working with queer youth at risk of exploitation and homelessness. I worked within trans communities for many years and co-founded cliniQ - Europe's first trans specific holistic sexual health and counselling service. I have since worked in counselling agencies, outdoor education, summer camps, schools, sexual health clinics, diversity training organisations, outreach services and charities.
I currently work for a sexual violence charity, and my counselling experience has included working with the trans community and adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Qualifications and Memberships
I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also hold a multidisciplinary BSc (hons) degree with a focus on child psychology and counselling, and a qualification in Counselling Children in Schools.
I attend regular continuous professional development training and am a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP).
I have over 15 years experience designing and delivering diversity training. I specialise in workshops that are celebrative of trans and neurodivergent communities. For more information about training, please see the 'Training' page.