Before becoming a counsellor, I was employed in several different jobs - as a librarian, as a secretary and as a needlewoman with my own craft business. You can see one of my pictures below, and others on the Scrapbook page.
Creativity is still an important element of my life, and I believe that honouring this part of ourselves often plays a key role in healing and personal growth. So I generally keep that in mind in all my counselling work. For those who earn their living in the Arts, emotional and psychological wellbeing is frequently crucial to a sustained career, and here counselling can make a significant difference.
My first encounter with counselling was in 1991, as a client. It was so helpful that I eventually decided to train as a counsellor myself.
Pesso Boyden Training Institute
Professional Membership: British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Accredited Member since 2009)
I hold a DBS Enhanced Disclosure.
I have worked as a counsellor for a national bereavement charity, for the NHS, for a generic therapy centre, and for a commercial firm engaged in workplace counselling. I am happy to discuss referrals from Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers. Enquiries are welcome, too, from any local firms where employees need counselling support.
Areas I can often help with
One client commented,
I am happy to answer any questions about my background and experience, either by phone on +44(0)7581 325846 or email, to firstname.lastname@example.org
There's not a single tree in the wood
that isn't damaged.
Yet they grow tall and old
and when at last they fall they are noticed
not by their malformations
but by their absence, sudden blue
astonishments of sky.
Being is its own achieving.
The fabric of things
mends in spans accomplished and the joy
of particular wounds. Do not ask to be cured
nor pass your parcel of injuries
to others. You were damaged, let yourself
be changed, and grow, and live.