Having done a number of jobs in a number of fields over the years I found my path in the early 00's. Initially training and qualifying as a person centred counsellor elsewhere, I came to the University of Cumbria (then St. Martin's College) to study Applied Psychology. I was then fortunate enough to spend the following ten years in practice in a diverse range of settings working with an equally diverse range of clients.
I am now teaching on the course which had such a profound impact on me and enjoying teaching psychology, sharing my experiences, building new ones and always learning.
Qualifications and memberships
Member British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Member British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Registered Qualified Test User British Psychological Society Psychometric Test Centre (BPS/PTC)
Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PgCLTHE)
Fellow Higher Education Authority
BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology (Lancaster University)
Diploma Person Centred Counselling (DipCouns)
Doctoral Researcher in Psychology
Academic and research interests
Self Harm/Suicide Prevention
Alternative/Creative Teaching, Learning and Assessment Methods.
Doctoral Research in Political, Philosophical and Biopsychosocial Influences in Engagement with Nature Based Alternative Lifestyles.
Recent external roles
2011 – 2012 Director/Trustee for SIS (Self Injury Support in North Cumbria)
2012 - 2014 Self-Harm/Suicide Prevention Trainer
2008 – 2015 Private Practice Counsellor - Specialist Self-Harm Counsellor. Providing person-centred counselling to vulnerable children and adults with self-injury behaviours and/or suicidal ideation, working across a wide range of issues, including sexual abuse, bullying, bereavement, anxiety, mild/moderate – severe depression, mental health issues, complex learning issues, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties in a range of settings including educational, forensic and clinical.