I was born and raised in Hertfordshire to a Scottish mother and Mauritian father. My upbringing was unique in the sense that my mother never converted her faith and I was brought up celebrating Christian and Islamic festivals. Due to this, I have met lots of different people, from many fascinating backgrounds and cultures. I am extremely proud of my upbringing, heritage and culture. I have spent many years thinking about my identity and how this shapes me as a person; I am British, I am mixed-race, and I am a cis female, all these parts of me play a part in the interactions and relationships I form with others.
I moved to Leeds in 2010 to study History at University. When I completed my degree and I was trying to decide what was going to be next for me, it was actually my brother who suggest that I would be good at counselling.
I currently work as a private practice counsellor and psychotherapist. I also work at Yorkshire MESMAC. Yorkshire MESMAC is a sexual health charity in Leeds that offer services to various communities including; men who have sex with men, BME people, people who abuse drugs, sex workers and members of the LGBTQ+ community. I am extremely passionate about the work that I do.
I have previously worked at Adoption Match. This has given me invaluable insights into adoption, I have had the privilege of talking to those who hope to adopt and those who have been adopted.
During my counselling training, I did my placement within prisons, I loved this work and thoroughly enjoyed helping my clients there and found each day to be interesting and varied. I also did several years volunteering for Victim Support and find working with both sides of those affected by crime extremely interesting.
Your world view is often influenced by your background and how you were raised; as such I believe it is important to take notice of your heritage and culture and how this is affecting you in the here-and-now and shaping your behavioural patterns and relationships.
I am deeply moved and energised by working with the LGBTQ+ communities. Having previously worked in criminal justice, I am also extremely interested in issues relating to both historical and recent crime.
I welcome and actively enjoy therapeutic work with those of different cultures, sexual identities, sexualities, and genders. I also welcome those who have been affected by crime either as a victim or as a perpetrator, I would also be keen to work with those who have experience of adoption.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by their Ethical Framework. I am also committed to my ongoing continuous personal and professional development, I am fully insured and hold a full and valid DBS certificate.
As part of my development, I have undergone study in the following topics:
Person-Centred Care when Working with LGBTQ+ People
Emergency First Aid at work
Working With Those Who Cause Sexual Harm
An introduction to Transactional Analysis
The games people play
Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling and Interpersonal Skills