I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP) and adhere to their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions.
I was born and raised in Cheshire and have been working as a Counsellor in private practice since 2009. I trained as an Integrative Counsellor and have a strong grounding in the person-centred approach. Underpinning any
counselling theory is the therapeutic relationship between Counsellor and Client. I aim to support you and offer you the conditions needed to help you to begin to explore your grief safely.
I believe that each person is unique and each counselling relationship is tailored to best suit the thoughts and feelings of each individual client. I consider myself fortunate to have worked with many clients who have overcome obstacles in life, worked through the grieving process and 'moved' to places they once thought impossible.
As a 'pawrent' myself to Murphy (the crazy Cavapoo), I understand the love and joy a pet can bring to our lives. They teach us how to live in the moment, they encourage us to play, they bring structure and routine to our lives. We worry about them; they follow us around like shadows and we love them with all our hearts. We take on the guardianship of them knowing that we will outlive them and that one day we must say goodbye – a thought that we push aside because it's often too upsetting to contemplate.
My love for animals, my counselling background and my relationship with Murphy is what inspired me to embark on additional training. Many clients over the years have accessed counselling for pet bereavement and though trained in grief and bereavement, I wanted to expand my learning and specifically look at bereavement associated with pet loss. It's something I feel very passionate about and came to realise how under-represented this sector of therapy was, yet how much of a need there is for it. And so, Cheshire Pet Bereavement was 'born'.