I am a qualified person-centred counsellor specialising in work around trauma and grief. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their principles and ethics.
I have extensive experience in trauma and grief work through my various work and volunteer involvements. I work as a counsellor for Greater Manchester Rape Crisis since 2018, and lead on developing trauma informed peer support groups. In the recent years I have had the privilege to work with and support women to set up their own trauma informed survivor peer support groups. However my involvement with GMRC reaches back to 2011 where I began as a Helpline volunteer.
In the past I have been part of MacMillan’s Bereavement Counselling Service, and I have been working in mental health professionally for a decade to help people in their recovery journey by supporting people on a one-to one basis, in group settings as well as setting up peer support groups. Prior to that I worked with refugees and asylum seekers for numerous years and gained an insight into the plight of trauma through war and displacement. Back when I was living in Germany I worked at the department for Medical Psychology & Medical Sociology at Leipzig University for three years in a project about IVF treatment and the wish for a child; this included research as well as teaching/tutoring medical students on various subjects, e.g. the impact of loss and grief.
I feel very passionate about helping and supporting people in their journey to living a fuller life free of anxiety and the effects of trauma as well as helping people come to terms with circumstances that have uprooted their sense of safety and belonging such as when we lose those who we love.