What attracted you to become a therapist?
Volunteering with the Samaritans – a fantastic organisation. I realised the power of listening and decided to start my training.
Where did you train?
Originally with the Open University and Shrewsbury Colleges Group and now Derby University.
What sort of people do you usually see?
Every client is different though typically I work with clients who are struggling loss and grief, having relationship issues or have got to the point where they have to make a significant life decision.
What do you like about being a therapist?
The fact that every client is different and also I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to help someone find a way of moving forward whatever their issue.
What is less pleasant?
Last minute cancellation – whether it’s clients or me that had to cancel. I know things happen that mean we can’t get to meetings but I hate letting anyone down.
How long you’ve been with welldoing.org and what you think of us?
I’ve been with welldoing.org since November 2017 – and so far it’s been a very positive experience.
Have you used the booking and payment system? And how do you find that?
Yes I have and have had one or two teething problems but welldoing.org’s support team resolved those incredibly quickly.
Have you joined the welldoing.org Therapist Community on Facebook? If so, how did you find it?
Yes and so far the content and comments have been really interesting and informative. (I am more of a lurker than someone who posts much.)
Do you ever suggest books or apps to clients?
Not specifically, though sometimes clients do talk about what’s helped them.
What you do for your own mental health?
I walk a lot, go to the gym and have regular massages. I also love to travel and explore new places. I’ve recently been to Vienna, which has both fantastic architecture and cakes. Yes, I almost forgot to mention the cakes…and coffee with close friends.
What’s your consultation room like?
At the top of a listed building in the centre of Shrewsbury. Peaceful and calm.
What do you wish people knew about therapy?
That it’s not a quick fix and can be great for personal development and self-awareness.
What did you learn about yourself in therapy?
I learned so many different things about myself it’s hard to summarise them. Two key aspects were how I behave in my relationships with others and also how to take more risks.