ABOUT

ME

Passionate About Inspiring Others

Hello, welcome to my page,  you will find more information about me personally and professionally here.   I am very passionate about inspiring others, reaching out and supporting people in a therapeutic way that suits them, their lifestyle and their individual needs.  

I enjoy working therapeutically as it helps people to relax and move more freely with their emotions and feelings.  I particularly find that using creative methods alongside talking therapy is the most popular way for someone, particularly children, to open up and talk about what may be troubling them.   

working FACE TO FACE AND ONLINE 

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I became the founder of A space 2 Be in October 2018, over the last 27 years I have been extending my qualifications and experience to offer both adult and children's Counselling, and as a result of working in Gloucestershire schools, I began Reflection Supervision for staff working with children.   I have had counselling myself, once at age 13 and again as an adult during my counselling training.  I remember starting counselling as a young person and not really understanding much about the benefits of talking therapy, my counsellor guided and supported me through some difficult times which I am very grateful to her for now as I look back upon my time growing up.  She inspired me to support others and my interests in adverse childhood experiences, and trauma.  

This time of self-development set me on a path,  I left school and became a health practitioner, working in an institution and completing a college course in Health and Social Care.   I specialised in early years and had a placement in a school, this is where I discovered a connection with young people and young adults with learning differences.   My career went on to working in a brain injury unit for 12 years, supporting adults with rehabilitation.  After becoming a mum of three children I took on the challenge of managing a wellbeing centre called the Isbourne in Cheltenham town centre, it was there that I realised how many therapeutic and wellbeing therapies there are for supporting both physical health and mental health.  

 

I completed the mental health first aid certificates and began my counselling training.    I have supported hidden victims of crime with a charity, Infobuzz.  This role introduced me to working in a crisis support team, supporting families in the community and working within the criminal justice system and running creative art workshops in prison.  I volunteered with Young Gloucestershire supporting their counselling service and this allowed me to extend my experience to working with young adults who were struggling with life's challenges.    My adventures have continued into gaining certificates in 'Stress Less Mindfulness' and running retreats.  I have naturally entwined mindfulness into my personal and professional life and have found the benefits have been endless.  I have been able to share these skills with all of my clients as a mindful mindset works for anyone, anywhere and at any age!

When I am not with someone in a 1-1 Counselling session,  you will find me delivering training to professionals.  I really enjoy researching, pulling information together, writing and delivering presentations.  Most of my training courses are developed for a deeper understanding of mental health, coping skills for stress, gender and sexuality, adverse experiences,  mindfulness and therapeutic art.  I am also a sound therapist and run retreat days and workshops with people looking to use sound as a way to relax and rejuvenate.  

I am a very warm and friendly person, I work relationally, therefor the therapeutic relationship is important to me and I like to ensure that whom I am supporting has the space needed to explore and unwind what is troubling them.  I have my own therapy space in Cheltenham town centre, it is a quiet and welcoming building next door to the RSPCA on Knapp Rd.  You can find out more about the therapy space here www.essentialspace.co.uk .  I am also happy to see or meet clients for 1-1 and group sessions in GP surgeries, community centres and in schools if required, and I hold a DBS clearance certificate and have up to date Safeguarding policies and certificates.  

Certifications
  • Counselling Diploma for Adults (CPCABL4)

  • Counselling Children and Adolescents Certificate 

  • Post Graduate Diploma Counselling Children & Young People (CPCABL5)

  • Safeguarding Children & Young People L2 

  • Play Therapy & Creative Arts Certificate 

  • Mental Health Certificate

  • Health & Social Care Qualifications up to L3

  • Gender and sexuality diversity advanced Certificate 

  • Supporting clients online Certificate 

  • Mindfulness (for youth and adults)

  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique)

  • Certified Sound Therapy Training Diploma