My professional and therapeutic experience to date include a variety of roles within the third sector comprising non-governmental and non-profit-making organisations or associations, including charities, voluntary and community groups, dating back over a decade including:
Head of MindFull at MindFullUK, a digital counselling service for 11-25 year olds; providing on line counselling and support, information and advice about mental health and emotional wellbeing. This incorporated working in schools and educational establishments across the country setting up and implementing peer mentoring schemes and support initiatives and overseeing a team of on line counsellors providing one to one and group counselling sessions to young people aged 14-25.
Head of Programmes at The BeatBullying Group. An award-winning international children’s charity . This role included managing projects, teams and outcomes as well as creating, delivering and sustaining engaging educational and therapeutic training programmes, such as CyberMentors, for young people, parents and professionals to make bullying unacceptable. I supported and advised schools and community organisations on best practice and how to safeguard children and young people against bullying, cyber-bullying and how to use the internet safely and appropriately. The ultimate goal is to make bullying, cyber-bullying and bullying behaviour unacceptable across the UK; in schools, in communities and on line whilst assisting schools also faced with the mounting pressure to reassure their students online experience would be completely safe.
Independent Consultant for Kent County Council working on the HeadStart programme delivering peer mentoring training, group supervisions and an array of workshops to help improve the emotional well-being and resilience of children aged 10 to 14. Also advising schools on best practice regarding how to set up and sustain successful peer mentoring schemes and other support programmes and workshops in their establishments. The HeadStart Kent programme is about helping young people to meet the challenges and issues they are presented with on a day-to-day basis, so they can learn how to bounce back and overcome the emotional problems they face. This is important for their own well-being, and would also help reduce the number of referrals to specialist treatment around mental health.
Senior Counsellor at RNIB/Action for Blind People. I currently manage the Talking Therapies Network at Action for Blind People-a national charity working within The Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB). I oversee the London counselling service covering all 33 London Boroughs providing counselling for those with a visual impairment and their family members. I facilitate a therapeutic support group for people affected by sight loss that have completed their counselling and wish to receive ongoing support. And I deliver emotional resilience training, stress management training and training regarding the 'emotional impact of sight loss' to staff and professionals across the capital.
Counsellor at RAPt (the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust) The Island Day Programme. The Island Day Programme is the only rolling 12-Step treatment programme in London that introduces the client to one to one motivational enhancement therapy, behavioural skills training, interpersonal group therapy and offers extensive aftercare support. I provided intensive therapeutic support facilitating one to one counselling and group therapy sessions, and other therapeutic workshops, to a full case load of clients who were overcoming a devastating and insidious addiction to drink and drugs.
Counsellor at Tower Hamlets Community Alcohol Team. I provided service users and their families with therapeutic intervention, counselling and support to recover from alcohol and other substance misuse addictions. Building and maintaining trusting therapeutic relationships to contain potentially distressing and complex feelings and situations.