Some more about me...
Alongside my experience working in education, I have 8 years’ experience as a volunteer listener with Samaritans, and this where I first became interested in supporting others in an emotionally supportive way. During my time at Samaritans I was also a leader and a trainer. Hakomi was my first love in terms of therapy, it is the approach that brought me home to myself. I have 8 years experiential training with a variety of therapy practitioners in the Hakomi Method of mindfulness-based, body-centred, assisted self-study. I am also trained as a Person-Centred counsellor and volunteered as part of the course at Widnes and Runcorn Cancer Support Centre for a time. I have been a volunteer for the past two years at Liverpool Bereavement Service – this started during my training and I have stayed on because of the community there, and because I feel that support around death and dying is so important.
Embodiment and spirituality
I have been studying Hakomi for a number of years which has its roots in Taoism and Buddhism. During my training, my research explored the connection between body, mind, emotions and spirit. This holism is one of the principles of Hakomi. Alongside these things, I have completed non-religious pastoral care training with Humanists UK and have a particular interest in spirituality and the impact of religion, faith and belief on us.
I have worked in education for a long time (qualifying in 2002) and have always been surrounded by those who help others. Passionate about supporting other helpers, part of my research was understanding aspects of self-care for counsellors. This and my Hakomi experience have led me to delivering workshops on Mindful Relating which is an introduction to the Hakomi method and loving presence. I also offer reduced rates for trainee counsellors.
Life and death
My volunteering work has included volunteering as a listener for Samaritans, and counselling in a cancer support service and a bereavement service. These all feel related to death in some way – suicide, health and loss. More recently I have facilitated a number of Death Cafes in Liverpool. Questions of life and death can be such a big part of our experience as humans. If these are questions you have and you want support in exploring them, I can help.
I have a BACP Accredited Master’s degree in Clinical Counselling (with distinction) and I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy which means I work within their ethical framework.
You can find out more about this here: https://www.bacp.co.uk/events-and-resources/ethics-and-standards/ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions/
Having completed the Hakomi training, I am also a certified Hakomi Practitioner. As well as facilitating introductory workshops in this method, and starting a practice group, I also assist on the training in Lancaster.
You can find more information about Hakomi through the Hakomi Education Network here: https://hakomieducationnetwork.org/
Teaching, Coaching & Leadership
In addition to completing a PGCE in Secondary Science teaching I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (now Advance HE) and have a Master’s degree in Advanced Educational Practice which focused on mentoring and coaching. I have also completed a certificate in coaching and mentoring with the Institute of Leadership and Management.