I’m originally from New Zealand. Since coming to the UK in 2000 I have undertaken one to one work with people in several different roles and environments. The variety of my roles has given me experience of working with people in great practical crisis right across to working solely with difficult emotion or finding meaning in life.
These roles and environments have included working in the homelessness field in emergency shelters and also in longer term supported accommodation for rough sleepers in London; and with young homeless people in the West Midlands.
I worked in the drug and alcohol misuse field for six years within Primary Care for both the third sector as a Senior Substance Misuse Practitioner and directly for an NHS Mental Health Trust at Band 6. I have also worked as a group process therapist within privately run addictions residential rehabilitation.
I worked as a counsellor within education (in FE and then at a Birmingham University) over a 7 year period. My counselling practice is now solely offered privately. However, I still work within Higher Education contracted as a Specialist Mental Health Mentor.