I have been practising in my own counselling consultancy for twenty years, first in London, and subsequently in Guernsey after launching Catalyst in 2004. I am professionally accredited as a counsellor by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and I hold an MSc in Psychological Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Surrey.
My counseling approach is integrative, and includes frequent use of the Cognitive Behavioural model, as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. The approach varies with different clients and different issues and is tailored to suit the individual. The counselling is non-directive and focusses on exploring, as a route to identifying new strategies for problem-solving.
I have a specific training in Stress Management and a large number of clients are referred by their GP or their employer for work in this area. Managing anxiety and depression are the most common problems clients wish to address.
My accreditation as a counsellor by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy means I conform to its professional standards and am bound by its Ethical Framework and Professional Conduct Procedure.
My background in counselling is with individuals and couples, working in health-care, work-place and educational settings as well as in private practice. I take referrals from GP’s to offer support to clients presenting with an extensive range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, abuse, self-esteem, pain management and stress, and other problems.
Before training as a psychotherapist, I spent 15 years in broadcasting, initially in Guernsey and then for a longer period in London. I freelanced as a radio and TV journalist and worked on various programmes including BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour, You & Yours, ITN News at Ten and Channel 4 News.
Since March 2020 I have been proud to serve as a Jurat of Guernsey's Royal Court, whilst continuing with my counselling work, both through Catalyst and as a volunteer with Safer.