I am an independent counsellor based in Manchester. I see clients at the Chorlton Counselling Rooms on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and I also work as a volunteer counsellor for the LGBT Foundation in central Manchester on Wednesdays. My theoretical background is Person Centred – a form of humanistic counselling developed by Carl Rogers. Other influences on my work include the attachment work of John Bowlby, work on gender by Judith Butler, understandings of gender and sexuality presented by Meg-John Barker, the relational work of Patricia DeYoung and the pluralistic approach of Mick Cooper.
When I was growing up I lived in various different countries and I got used to being on the edge of different groups – having to work out for myself what it means to belong. I recognise that this isn’t always easy and that our sense of our own identity can change and develop over time. I do feel strongly that we should be able to explore and assert our own identities whether in terms of gender, sexuality or faith and I enjoy working with people as they explore these issues for themselves.
Before becoming a counsellor I was a senior leader in a secondary school. My areas of responsibility included Special Educational Needs, Child Protection, Asylum Seekers / Refugees and New Arrivals to the country. I helped set up the Forced Marriage Forum in Oldham and worked with the local domestic violence support group after a colleague was murdered. I have also worked as a volunteer with Refugee Action and Age Concern.