I am an experienced therapist working from my private practice in Leicester as well as through Function Jigsaw in Wigston and Imara in Nottingham.
Function Jigsaw is a well respected physiotherapists who work at the highest level with elite atheletes as well as with those of us who manage to damage ourselves just getting through the day! My role is to help with removing the mental blocks that can get in the way of sporting brilliance and achievement because, once all the training and the body work is completed, the mind is quite often the one thing that needlessly holds somebody back.
Imara is a charity in Nottingham that specialises in supporting families through the chaos, confusion and hurt caused by a disclosure of sexual abuse. Families can access counselling, more specialised therapeutic intervention and advocacy from the moment of disclosure and this continues through any court proceedings and beyond. My role with Imara is a therapeutic one where I work with children and parents to help them to cope and get through the inevitable turmoil that sexual abuse creates.
I combine my knowledge of several different therapeutic disciplines to blend a unique approach for each individual; working together with clients to help them to move towards what they wish to achieve; developing greater understanding of themselves and what has been holding them back.
Prior to starting any therapy work I like to have a brief chat with new clients, either over the phone or in person, to find out what they are looking for and where they want to get to on their therapeutic journey. I will then make some suggestions based on my experience as to how I think their particular issue can be approached and, together, we create a positive way forward.
Whatever the issue, the benefit of being able to draw on a range of different therapies is that, each time I work with a client, I offer an individual fit for what they need rather than trying to fit them into a particular therapeutic approach.
Hypnotherapy Practitioners Diploma:
I achieved my Practitioners Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy several years ago, through Mindworks in Nottingham, and have used my skills to successfully help clients in managing a wide variety of personal difficulties including anxiety, lack of confidence, irrational fears, inability to relax and travel sickness, to name a few.
Registered Bach flower Remedy Practitioner
One of the first therapeutic qualifications I gained and still one of my favourites. I trained with Tessa Jordon in Suffolk. Bach flower Remedies are a lovely gentle approach to use with clients who are nervous of the therapeutic process, and are particularly effective with children.
Master Practitioner in Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
My EFT training was begun at Mindworks but completed to Master Practitioner level through THE AMT. I work using a more modern style of EFT developed by Silvia Hartmann, a pioneer in the area of Energy Psychology who went on to create 'Positive EFT.'
Person - Centred Counselling Diploma
The qualification that creates the foundation for everything else; my Counselling training was completed at South Leicestershire College in Wigston, Leicestershire.
During my training I was a volunteer counsellor with Quetzal; a Leicester based charity for women who have been sexually abused as children, and Mosaic; a charity providing support to people withe disabilities throughout the county. On completion of my training I was a voluntary counsellor for Place 2 Be in Nottingham; working with primary school children who needed emotional support.
Practitioner Diploma in Parks Inner Child Therapy (PICT)
This therapy gets to the very heart of most issues in a gentle and powerful way and is so effective, I think everyone should experience it!
I trained with Susan Osbourn in Suffolk to gain my PICT qualification and now work for Imara in Nottingham, helping young people with troubled and abusive pasts to move forward and take control of their lives. I also see private clients using this wonderfully all-encompassing approach.
I am fully insured - details available on request.
I have an Enhanced DBS status.
I am a qualified Further Education Teacher with extensive experience of teaching Life and Employment Skills to Adults with Learning Difficulties, predominantly Autism. I combine my skills as a teacher and therapist to educate adults experiencing mental health issues in confidence building skills, and to deliver workshops and training to other service providers.
I am married with two wonderful grown up children and an adorable house rabbit named Tigger who is a great favourite with clients.
Recently I made a wonderful connection with Mindfulness Leicester, based in Blaby. Run by Lance and Claire in their purpose built kuti, you can get involved in Mindfulness, Tai Chi and bread making in a beautifully supportive environment. Take a minute to check out their website and look out for joint Wellbeing days, combining the different approaches of both Mayflower Thrapies and Mindfulness Leicester.
I have also recently begun to run a cancer support group in Birstall for people who have been affected by cancer in any way. This is called the Mayflower Group and is run on behalf of Birstall Bags, a hardworking local support charity.
The groups are held at Birstall Social Club on the first (1:30 - 3:30)and third (6:30 - 8:30) Monday of the month. The aim of the group is to provide a supportive environment whilst at the same time, teaching you skills which you can use to help you to cope.
It is open to people in Birstall and the surrounding villages although, if there are spaces available, anyone from further afield is welcome. To this end, booking is required so please give me a call if you think this may be for you or anyone you know.
New for me for 2019; I have just started as the Voluntary Counsellor at Together Against Cancer, a wonderful local charity that hosts wellbeing events and has a strong focus on the support that good nutrition can provide for everyone but particularly where cancer is present.