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I have a deep understanding of the challenges of receiving a diagnosis, undergoing treatment, and finding a “new normal”. My own lived experience of illness has had a profound impact on my career and research interests, and I have been very implicated in raising awareness for rare and chronic conditions, as both patient and practitioner. I passionately believe that a holistic approach to health and wellbeing involves acknowledging not only the physical, but also social, psychological, and existential impact of illness which can be felt by both the patient and those around them.

 

As a counsellor and psychotherapist I have been studying and working in the mental health field for over 10 years. I am based in the UK and offer both short-term and long-term remote counselling to individuals. I practice Existential phenomenological psychotherapy and have experience working with adults and children in acute hospital settings, school environments and other NHS services including residential CAMHS unit. I have been working in specialist NHS cancer services for over 9 years, providing support to patients affected by cancer, as well as carers and relatives, through one-to-one and couple's counselling. I have also facilitated several patient support groups and therapeutic bereavement groups, including a Living with Secondary Breast Cancer support group on behalf of Breast Cancer Now

In addition to seeing clients in the NHS and privately, 
I am a Senior Clinical Team member of Rareminds, a UK Charity providing specialist mental health services and resources for the rare disease community. I also regularly engage in teaching, delivering workshops, and consultancy.

I have been involved in research with Genetic Alliance UK and Rare Disease UK, producing reports and patient-centred literature such as “Experiences of Rare Diseases: Patients and Families in Wales”, “Patient involvement in clinical research: A guide for Sponsors and Investigators”, and “Patient involvement in clinical research: A guide for Patient Organisations and Patient Representatives”. More recently I have contributed to the Neuroendocrine Cancer UK "Open Conversations: Neuroendocrine Cancer and Mental Health report"

Some of the issues I have worked with include:

  • Depression and low mood

  • Anxiety

  • Difficulty coping with a diagnosis

  • Relationship issues

  • Bereavement and loss

  • Coping with treatments and side-effects

  • Self-esteem and confidence issues

  • Issues around sex and sexuality

  • Carer's guilt

  • Facing difficult prognosis and end of life

Click here to learn more about my professional qualifications.

Finding the right therapist can feel a bit daunting, which is why I encourage you to get in touch to ask any questions you might have. After all, it is important you feel comfortable with whomever you choose to work with. 

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