I am a fully qualified and accredited integrative counsellor/therapist with a private practice since 2013, providing support (counselling & supervision) to individuals and groups. My approach is rooted in respect and care for the client, and my theoretical orientation is integrative, drawing primarily from person-centred therapy while incorporating elements of Gestalt and Psychodynamic theories.
Originally from Ireland, I have been living in the UK since 2002. Having traveled extensively and lived in different countries, I have gained valuable insights into diverse cultures. I have worked in the drugs and alcohol and sexual violence sector alongside my private practice since 2013.
In addition to my private practice, I serve as an Associate Lecturer and Personal Development Group Facilitator for a Masters-level course in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of the West of England (UWE).
Currently, I am involved with Sporting Chance Clinic and The Professional Footballers’ Association (The PFA), offering counselling services in the south west region.
Furthermore, I hold the position of Chair of Trustees at The Survivors Trust, the largest umbrella agency for specialist rape and sexual abuse services in the UK. The Survivors Trust consists of 124 member agencies located in the UK and Ireland, providing information, advice, support, and therapy to over 80,000 individual survivors each year.
Training, Qualifications & Experience
With over 10 years of experience in the sexual violence sector, I stepped down from my position as Chief Executive Officer at Kinergy in May 2022. Kinergy is a specialized agency that provides professional and confidential counselling services for survivors of sexual violence and sexual abuse.
As a fully qualified and accredited integrative counsellor/therapist, I have been supporting individuals and groups in private practice since 2013. My approach is rooted in respect and care for the client, drawing from an integrative theoretical framework that combines person-centered, Gestalt, and Psychodynamic theories.
For the past 5 years, I have also served as an associate lecturer at UWE (University of the West of England), teaching on the Counselling and Psychotherapy MSc program.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and adhere to its ethical framework and guidelines. Additionally, I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists) and the Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP), a network of counsellors in the south west region.
From 2019 to 2022, I served as a member of the CPS South West Scrutiny Panel, offering support regarding sexual violence, rape, and hate crime court cases. During the same period, I provided support to both Bristol and South Glos. safeguarding boards.
My qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from a British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists accredited course. I am also an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and hold a Specialist Diploma in Clinical Supervision (Level 6). Additionally, I have experience working with drugs and alcohol at Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) and have worked with survivors of sexual abuse and sexual violence at Kinergy in Bristol.
Furthermore, I hold a BA in Art and Design, which brings a creative dimension to my practice. I have experience as a group facilitator and working with young people.
In my counselling practice, I work with various areas, including anger management/conflicts, anxiety and stress, bereavement and loss, post-traumatic stress, depression, personal growth/self-esteem/confidence, relationship difficulties, suicide/self-harm, problem-solving/conflict management, physical abuse, sexual and emotional abuse, and PTSD/OCD.
Continuing education is important to me, and I am currently pursuing training in Art Therapy, Play Therapy, Shifting Depression (uncommon-knowledge), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).