For me social work and therapy is in the blood,having had two amazing grandparents who were pioneering social workers in the 40’s and 50’s, I was been inspired to follow their lead. Despite their best attempts to test my commitment I qualified as social worker in 1983. At first I worked in residential care with children and then adults with learning disabilities. I ran a special needs unit in the midlands and then designed play schemes here in Plymouth. For the last 25 years I have worked with older people who have mental health issues. For 11 of those years I worked as an Approved Social Worker. Following further training I now work as a specialist counsellor, supervisor,
groupworker and trainer in various settings.
I co- developed the New Horizons group for people who have experienced Childhood Sexual Abuse and continue to develop the model with a post group, creative group for graduates which I have the joy to be able to run in the public sector. (see publications below).
I have delivered sessional work with…
- The Eddystone Trust, as a counsellor, workshop facilitator and trainer
- Plymouth MIND
- The University of Plymouth, as a supervisor and trainer
- Plymouth City Council, as a group facilitator and trainer
- Individual clients for counselling, supervision and personal development
- Care Agencies and businesses nationally and locally (see link below)
- Livewell SW
- Age UK
- Exeter Nightstop
I work part-time in an NHS health provider as a counsellor, supervisor, group facilitator and trainer. I am currently honoured to be Independent Chair of Dementia Quality Mark Plymouth. I specialise in Mental Health of all kinds and work creatively with many issues including :-
• Older adults work including Dementia
• Sexual Abuse: historic, recent and present
• Self harm
• Women’s issues
• Equality and diversity
• Living with HIV (and other long term conditions as an expert by experience with MS)
• Gender and sexuality issues.
I have been an apprentice to a Native Canadian Elder Sandy Leo since 2011 and in this medicine I offer creative and drumming workshops based on Celtic and Canadian First Nations cultures.
In 2018 I was amazed and honoured receive a sacred pipe and receieve a Metis honouring sash from Sandy and their Nation.
Education and Qualifications2017
2015 Apprentice Elder Certificate (Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society BC Canada)
2013 Short Course in Compassion Focused Therapy
2011 Certificate in Native Spirituality (Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society BC Canada)
2010 Intermediate Family Therapy and Systemic Training
2006 Working with People with Sexual Problems (20 masters credits Plymouth Uni / PCT)
2005 City and Guilds 7407: Level 4 Adult Education Certificate
2003 CPCAB Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, TC04
2000 Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
1997 Approved Social Worker Supervisor Training
1995 Approved Social Worker Training
1983 Certificate of Qualification in Social Work
1981 Bachelor of Arts
PublicationsSeptember 2013 Article in 'Mental Health Practice' Volume 17 issue 1"Group work for adult survivors of sexual abuse in childhood" click for abstract
Professional Registrations & MembershipsHCPC Registered
British Association of Social Workers Independents Member Plus
Member and apprentice Elder of Dancing to Eagle Spirit Society BC Canada