I have a level 5 diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from The Manchester College and a certificate in Supervision from The Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy. I am a registered member of the BACP.
I enjoy the versatility of being a counsellor and working with clients from different backgrounds. I have worked for organisations such as Bupa and the NHS as a counsellor. I also work for AnxietyUK as a counsellor, on their new online platform and as an assessor.
I founded Counselling for Musicians at the start of 2017, working with musicians and their mental health. I visit musicians backstage, on tour and wherever is needed. I work one on one with musicians and music industry professionals and also work with bands on issues that may be affecting their dynamics, how well they are working together and on reconciliation.
I have counselled students at BIMM and FutureWorks amongst others and deliver training on how tutors can help manage students suffering with anxiety and depression. I hosted my own radio show on Reform Radio called ‘Mind Over Music’ talking to Musicians about mental health in the music industry. I am frequently asked to speak at music conferences including We Are Robots, AIM industry conference and Incorporated Society Of Musicians ‘Empowered Musicians’. I work closely with Helpmusicians UK on how to raise awareness of mental health in the music industry and have been involved in focus groups and collaborations with the RNCM. I am a published author on the subject of mental health in the music industry, and have been nominated for a ‘Women In Music Award’ for my work with musicians and mental health.
My approach is person-centred. My role is not to impart advice or tell clients what I think they should do, but instead explore issues that they bring and help them develop their autonomy, manage their issues and help them empower themselves. I will listen and offer my undivided empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard.
I work with individuals on a one to one basis with any issues they wish to bring. This could be complex issues such as trauma and abuse, grief and other issues surrounding depression, anxiety, stress.
I also work with couples, helping them to explore their issues in a healthy manner and help them develop the tools they need to improve communication, trust, intimacy, whatever issues that are brought.
I work with musicians and other music industry professionals on a one to one basis but also provide sessions on band reconciliation, exploring issues that are troubling one another and how to best to manage the group dynamics to get the best out everyone, musically, creatively and personally.
I am also a qualified counselling supervisor working with individuals who are qualified counsellors and other mental health professionals, and trainee counsellors.
Through childhood, teenage years and beyond, I have always strongly believed that people deserve to have someone that they can talk to and who will listen to their problems. I have always massively benefited from talking to mental health professionals and I encourage others, through my work and every day life to try and break the stigma surrounding mental health and make it alright to talk about their feelings. Through exploring emotions such as anger, sadness, and other more positive emotions, we can establish how we feel and learn to manage our issues better, improving life for ourselves and those around us.
I want to help people.
I work at The Affinity Centre Cheadle on Monday evenings 6pm – 10pm.