For over 40 years I have worked in a range of settings offering counselling, psychotherapy, training, supervision and consultancy.
My earliest post eighteen experience was in Architecture where I worked as a Draughtsman and Architectural Technician in Northern Ireland and England. In the early 70’s I studied Architecture at University but left early as I struggled with the complexity of mathematics.
Since the mid 70’s I moved in the direction of counselling and psychotherapy, firstly in Child Care and then through Social Work and Youth and Community work, finally specialising in Community Mental Health where I managed to introduce many aspects of counselling and psychotherapy that had become important in my life and my work. I have been able to apply counselling and psychotherapy in Social Work, Voluntary Organisations, Higher Education, Health and in Residential Care as well as in Private Practice.
In 1994 I managed a range of services providing counselling, group work and support to people with long and short term mental health issues. In order to ensure good and consistent practice my team and I set up a quality assurance system that was subsequently registered by the British Standards Institute to BS 5750 Part 2. This is a copy of an article in a Professional Journal from that time. I would still be mindful of trying to provide the best quality service possible.
In 1995 I completed my Masters in Counselling Studies at the University of Manchester writing my thesis on Dissociative Identity Disorder and the implications for Counselling.
Since returning to Northern Ireland in 1999 I have been able to develop my practice in counselling, psychotherapy, supervision, training and consultancy.
In a few lines it is only possible to give a glimpse of the ‘About Me,’ but I am passionate about my work, it is a vocation, I care about quality and successful outcomes for everyone I am in contact with.