Its often hard to speak to family and friends about our problems and what’s really worrying us, and at times, we need to talk to someone who will listen, understand and accept us for who we are – free from criticism, judgement and advice-.
If you’re thinking about trying counselling, I’m able to work with a range of issues and themes using a combination of counselling approaches and techniques creating a personalised therapy that’s unique and right for you.
The types of issues I have worked with include;
- Relationship dilemmas and difficulties
- Separation and divorce
- Change and life transitions
- Loss, grief and bereavement
- Adults with childhood trauma
- Interpersonal trauma
- Work/life stress and burn-out
- Being an expatriate woman; reconnecting with yourself and dealing with loneliness while juggling differing and often conflicting roles.
- Being a humanitarian aid worker and/or spouse of; managing family and work while living a part, returning home and pre and post assignment psychological well being.
I have a special interest in women’s issues and know how difficult it is to be your true-self when also being a professional, mother, wife/partner, friend, daughter and the many other roles women juggle, especially when living away from home. I’ve been married, separated, divorced, a working mum, a stay at home mum, relocated, in transition, angry, overwhelmed and confused. Having experienced these roles and often conflicting emotions, I hope to bring a depth of experience, empathy and understanding to my counselling work.
Having worked for the United Nations in Africa for many years and for the past three years as an online/Skype counsellor for UNHCR and UNDP field staff, I have a special interest in the emotional challenges facing humanitarian workers and their families. From entry level staff managing the stress of the new work environment and extreme locations to mid-career staff balancing reassignment/family and work in hardship duty stations to end of career staff planning for retirement and a life outside of the UN, I aim to bring a depth of experience, empathy and understanding to people in this unique career choice and life situation.