I attended Lakenheath American High School in Suffolk, and graduated in June of 1969. I attended University of Maryland, European Division, in England, and in Munich, Germany. I attended full-and part-time, and graduated in February, 1979. My major subject was English, and my minor subject was Sociology/Psychology.
In October, 1994, I finished my nurse training at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St. Edmunds. I worked as a nurse with Severely Demented Clients for three years, and was then offered the opportunity by the NHS Trust to train as a mental health nurse, and attended Homerton College, Cambridge, at Fulbourn Hospital, becoming a mental health nurse in 1999.
I re-trained as a Counsellor, having done a Cert. In Counselling at University of Cambridge(Department of Life-Long Learning) which I finished in 2006.
In 2008, after having worked with autistic people and Asperger’s Syndrome at the National Autistic Society, Mildenhall. I began an FdA (foundation degree) in Counselling, which I completed in 2010. I completed my experiential placement with NORCAS, Ipswich with clients and their affected others, who were struggling with inappropriate use of alcohol.
Which brings me to the way I work. I am able to help clients with their mental health concerns, and I also enable them to get and stay on track with mental health issues. This is only the basis, or spine, of what I do, however.
I treat clients in what we term an “holistic manner”-this is the main thrust of what I do.
Each person is an individual, with their own thoughts and feelings-their own joys and worries. As an augmentation of the medical model, I am able to really listen to the person, to attempt to really hear what they are telling me. I empathy heavily with that person, and can respond to their distress-without judgement, with transparency , with unconditional positive regard.
As a person, I have always felt happy and fulfilled when assisting others in finding their own strengths, their own way forward.
I look forward to meeting you, and to hearing your story.