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About Me

Who am I?

Photograph of me with one of my cats

I come from Hull on the East Coast of the UK and lived, worked and studied in various places before arriving in Lancaster in 2014. Training as a counsellor reawoke an early interest in philosophical approaches to life that had somehow been left behind in my younger years. Since then I've reconnected with existential questions of how to be a person in the world and how to live a good and meaningful life in a world of uncertainty. In my personal life I enjoy a range of hobbies including dancing, computing, and graphic design. All the photographs on this website are my own. I am neurodivergent and have lived experience of anxiety. My pronouns are he/his/him.

I have almost 20 year's experience working as a lecturer and researcher in higher education and still work part-time as an academic. Through my higher education work I have more than a decade of experience supporting and mentoring students and working with disabled students. This had more than a passing influence on my desire to train as a counsellor.

Working as a counsellor brings a tremendous amount of meaning to my life and it is a privilege to work with people in a therapeutic way. Although I have a background in science I believe counselling is a deeply human activity and not something that is just scientific, technical or medical. I do not believe in just hearing about your symptoms and then giving you a prescription of things you need to fix or change. For me, that would just be putting up a barrier to another soul.

How did I end up training as a counsellor?

Photograph of me in my counselling room

After a period of difficulty with my own mental health and a desire to find greater meaning in my own life I supported disabled students in higher education for three years. I realised that supporting and helping people was something that was important to me — particularly in supporting people to be who they wanted to be.

The care, acceptance and empathy I had received from other counsellors in my own journey had also left a deep impression on me. This led me to take the decision to train as a counsellor and psychotherapist. I started with an Introduction to Counselling Skills course at the University of Cumbria in 2020 and followed this with a full postgraduate course.

Qualifications and Experience

Photograph of my counselling room

I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Cumbria and am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (#398249) who are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. This means I meet the required standards to practice as a professional therapist. I follow the BACP ethical practice guidelines. The BACP ethical practice guidelines also require me to continually develop my training and skills by undertaking training each year.

I'm experienced at working with clients experiencing a range of difficulties but in particular I have experience working in drug and alcohol addiction and recovery. The following is a partial list of areas in which I have counselling experience:

I have a particular interest in ADHD, Autism and other forms of neurodiversity.

As part of my working life in academia I have extensive experience supporting disabled students and students with mental health difficulties. I wrote a dissertation on mental health and introversion for my higher education teaching qualification (2017). I am also active in advocating for increased compassion, support, acceptance and equal employment opportunities for people with disabilities. My other qualifications include: