When I go down to the sea the first thing I want to do is to take off my socks and shoes and to be on the sand and in the water with bare feet. A feeling of being connected to the environment and to myself is important to me. The idea of ‘bare feet’ helps me connect to the image of the carefree and confident child, the idea of living for each moment, being open and receptive to what is happening each moment, a time where anxieties and uncertainties about the future are less developed.
Like many people it is all too easy to get caught up in a hectic and chaotic life leaving little time to think about oneself, but choosing to take this time can be an important and rewarding experience. I try to give myself time outdoors charging my “green batteries” and this can be kayaking, sailing, walking, gardening, and camping – particularly if cooking over campfires can be included!
Indoors, I read, I have a longstanding love of learning, I spend time with my family. I have a studio where I make pictures using textiles and paint and also make pottery.
Qualifications and Experience
BA Hons Psychology (2003)
Diploma Counselling (Gestalt) 2011
Gamcare training. 2011
8 years working with Its Your Choice - a service offering counselling for young people in the New Forest
7 years working with Princess Royal Trust for carers - offering counselling for those who care for others.
11 years supporting students with learning and behavioural difficulties at a local 6th form college.
CPD is undertaken on a regular basis as suggested by the BACP and includes a variety of subjects, for example Depression, Attachment, Shame and Self criticism , along with creative interventions like sand tray work, use of art, words and drawing.