Like many other counsellors, I didn't start out in this profession. I have worked for many years in HR and Business Management roles, which is where I gained an insight into the mental health struggles of employees and the terrible impact that stress and other mental health issues, whether work-related, or otherwise, can have on people’s lives. I also came to realise that such struggles are common but rarely talked about, particularly at work, where we're expected to ‘be professional’ whatever may be happening in our lives.
I became passionate about wanting to change this and decided that the best way to do that was to study to become a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. After 4 years of study, I gained an MA in Clinical Counselling from Chester University, before becoming a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy.
I went on to establish Baytree Counselling Services in 2020, with the aim of providing support to those going through difficulties in their personal and/or working lives, using my skills and experience to facilitate positive change. In addition to this, I have also worked for Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs), providing counselling support to the employees of their corporate clients.
My counselling experience is diverse and includes working with clients experiencing anxiety, depression, workplace stress, low self-esteem, relationship problems and unresolved grief following bereavement, as well as those dealing with issues resulting from trauma and/or abuse. In addition, I have coached aspiring and established managers, at all stages in their careers, helping them to identify and achieve their personal and professional goals.
As part of my MA in Clinical Counselling, I conducted research into approaches to counselling elderly clients and, whilst I offer counselling to adults of all ages, I have a particular affinity to working with older adults and also to helping clients of any age to adjust as they move to a new stage in their life.
I love learning and continue to pursue my research interests by undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Clinical Counselling and Psychotherapy. I hope that this will enable me to make a contribution to the wider counselling profession and also, in some small way, to give a voice to those who often feel marginalised within our society.