In 1995 I attended Wolverhampton City College, where I studied Psychology and Scientific Psychology. I then went on to the University of Wolverhampton, where I graduated in 1999 with a BSc (hons) in Psychology.
I returned to Wolverhampton City College, where I completed an RSA Certificate in Counselling Skills and a Teacher's Certificate. At which time, I also worked for the college as a 'Visiting Lecturer' teaching various Psychology modules to GCSE, A Level, BTEC and Access students from age 14 onwards. This also included supporting challenging students who had been excluded from mainstream schools.
In 2000 I started working for Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust. I worked as a Social Therapist for the trust in a New Therapeutic Community and I was part of the original team that helped develop the Personality Disorder Service. My role was to provide Group Social and Psychotherapy to a diversity of people, commonly diagnosed with Severe Personality Disorder.
In 2001 I co-authored a paper that was later published in Therapeutic Communities and was presented at the Windsor Conference in London and that I co-presented at the West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy in Birmingham:
'The First Christmas in a New Therapeutic Community'
Therapeutic Communities (2002) Vol. 23 (1) 47-60
In 2001 I started my Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling at the University of Birmingham and I completed my first placement with the Women's Counselling and Therapy Centre in Birmingham. I then spent 3 years with the Psychotherapy Service for Wolverhampton City Primary Care NHS Trust. I was awarded my Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling in 2006.
I set up Wolverhampton Counselling Practice in March 2009.
I am on the Accredited Voluntary Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.