I have worked in a variety of settings that involve working with people and decided in my early twenties that I enjoyed work that involved being 'with' others.
I have worked in healthcare for over twenty five years primarily, as a Registered Midwife with my preference being as a community midwife before moving into mental health. I enjoyed running parent craft groups for prospective parents and breastfeeding support groups for new mums, I also took some time to offer private training for prospective doulas.
As a student nurse I spent a lot of my time working on the psychiatric unit finding the time to listen and try to understand how and why individuals had been admitted to the unit and what it meant to them at the time..
I have had the privilege to see individuals at their best, and at their worst which, in turn, has evoked feelings for me, sometimes of great joy and other times of great sadness. I have experience of working with patients and families in an HIV hospice and acute general hospital and of contributing to the setting up and running of a perinatal psychology service for mums and dads, and their families.
My psychological experience spans over five years; working with individuals where one way of coping with feelings of distress may be to use alcohol to submerge difficult feelings. This type of work tied in with my work as a bereavement counsellor where individuals sometimes found it difficult to cope with ambivalent feelings about a relationships and the loss or abandonment of an other.
I have worked with individuals with such diagnosis as borderline personality disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety and panic attacks; behind all of these labels is a person who's world is in distress.
I have worked as an independent practitioner within these last five years which has meant I have seen clients both for short term and long term therapy. I like to work relationally with a CBT / Object Relations approach and really enjoy my work.
I have learnt and grown through my work and I am aware this will continue with each new experience.