I work as a coach, counsellor, mentor, facilitator and trainer. It is important for me to work in all these dimensions because it allows me to draw on all my life and work experience and this helps me support people in the ways that work best for them.
Prior to becoming a counsellor and a coach I worked in advertising. It took me a while to figure out that it was the people and the connections that I made with them that was the most rewarding part of this work.
My transition from advertising to therapeutic work started when I volunteered to be a respite carer for an autistic teenager more than 10 years ago. This experience brought out a compassionate part of me that I had been missing with my focus on my career up until that point. This was the starting point for me to follow a trail that led me to train as both a coach and counsellor.
I am often asked to explain the difference between coaching and counselling. The best definition of counselling that I’ve come across, to paraphrase Irvin Yalom, is that the ultimate task of counselling is to help people come to terms with things that they cannot alter. Counselling helps with the figuring out, the making sense of, the making peace with the things that have happened to us or are part of our lives that we cannot change.
Coaching focuses on the things that we can alter. Coaching helps us to reconnect with our values and passions or change direction in our work or relationships. Coaching generally focuses on helping us figure out what we want to do next in our lives.
I also practice mindfulness and have trained to teach it.
Registered member BACP (accredited) practitioner
BA (Hons) Person Centred Counselling – Metanoia Institute
CTI qualified Co-Active Coach
Mindfulness in Schools Project trained mindfulness teacher
Practice located in Twickenham, TW1