I originally hail from the Forest of Dean area but have had the opportunity to travel the world with my family and even lived in Brunei a state within Borneo for some of that time.

I have since settled back in the Forest of Dean as it’s got smaller spiders and even less snakes but apart from that I’m drawn to the forest particularly when the blue bells are in bloom and the sun is shining it’s definitely one of my ‘happy’ places.

In 2012, with a young family in tow I took the decision to retrain as a counsellor as started on that path to qualification.

Training Qualifications and Experience

I hold a Degree in Business and Finance as my background was originally HR dealing with employee relations and conflict resolution and I now hold a Diploma in Counselling and have further training in Counselling Children and Young People.  I started my new career in bereavement support and have added various courses to my training portfolio over the years including some additional training to work online and with parents.

Supporting parents/carers is something that I am so pleased to be a part of.  There are times we all question our role as a parent/carer and may feel worried or overwhelmed.  I know I have!    It is my hope that by sharing ideas and knowledge and/or signposting you to other services will prove helpful.

I have a young family and I am also a step-mother, so the experiences I’ve gained as a parent, as an aunt, including overcoming difficulties in making long-distance relationships work, alongside my experience as a Counsellor supporting many children and young people over the last 3 years means I feel in a place to be able to work in a parent and carer support and advice role.