I am based in the Mendip area of Somerset and do a limited amount of private work, with individuals, couples and families. I am part of a charitable trust working with colleagues offering a low cost service to young people and their families (Family Counselling Trust Somerset) and work for the Diocese of Bath & Wells as part of their counselling service for clergy and families.
My working life started in the BBC World Service in the late 1960s, before training at the Froebel Institute and teaching in the London borough of Waltham Forest for eight years before leaving London with my daughter. My work since has been with young people and families, including in a women's refuge, as parenting coordinator of Somerset's Youth Offending Team (YOT) when a small team and I developed a creative way of working with families (during which time I trained in London as a family therapist) and in Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) across Somerset and briefly in South Gloucester. More recently I have trained at the Tavistock Centre in London in working with refugees and their families and have supported a pilot project for trafficked children in North Somerset.
On a personal note, I resisted therapy and the need to talk for a long time. Having finally experienced it, I realised it was life-changing.
I offer a sensitive service based on sound knowledge and a love of my subject.