I am a psychosexual and relationship therapist. I have worked as a sexual health counsellor in the NHS for 25 years and for the past three years as a psychosexual therapist. Currently, I lead a team of psychosexual therapists within an NHS sexual health department.
Prior to working in the NHS, I was a counsellor for the Rainbow Trust working with terminally ill children and their families in its respite centre. It was a challenging but rewarding experience to work alongside people at this difficult time in their lives, before, during and after the death of their child.
HIV has been a part of my life for many years, both though my NHS work and through the Surrey and East Hampshire AIDS Helpline where I helped with training and volunteered for the phone service and home support.
Horse riding has always been my passion. I ran my own stables and taught horse riding for 15 years and continue to be involved with horses and the countryside.
For the last 15 years, I have coordinated the LGBTQ+ group at St James’s Church in Piccadilly, London, offering a welcome to people of all faiths and none.
I believe that a good work life balance is important in maintaining our individual wellbeing and allowing us to develop into the person we want to be both for ourselves and others.
I feel that I am able to bring my own life experiences and challenges to my work in a way that can enhance the therapeutic relationship.