"30+ years working with people from all walks of life, including company directors, doctors, barristers, teachers, civil servants, builders, housewives/househusbands, the unemployed, plus the vulnerable and hard to reach, such as teenage mothers, people with learning disabilities, mental health difficulties or suffering serious illness, victims of crime and offenders.
Qualitative research with both full service agencies and freelancing has provided me with extensive experience of interfacing between consumers/users of products/services and the worlds of both business and government across a wide range of issues. The focus is on the bigger picture and what it means to the business/government, but it requires understanding at inter and intra personal levels .
Victim Support and person-centred counselling in a range of settings has provided me with a very different focus - to see life from another's perspective and gain a deep understanding of what it means to them personally ... with acceptance, respect and without judgement.
Each brings greater depth and breadth to my experience, abilities and insights ... and to what I bring to both research and counselling".
To include and embrace the often marginalised or excluded members of our society ... the vulnerable and hard to reach ... in both qualitative research and counselling.
8 years research agency training and experience at The British Market Research Bureau and Research International.
U.K. based independent for the past 20+ years.
Predominently social research, sensitive issues, vulnerable and hard to reach people since starting counselling training 10
Working only on a subcontracted freelance basis provides me with the flexibility to focus on my particular research expertise as well as other interests and activities, including voluntary work, counselling and psychotherapy practice.
Enhanced CRB and DBS, Disclosure Scotland and Her Majesty's Prison Service clearance
Person-centred qualitative market and social research ... and counselling services.
Each adds to the other.
And in both ... a willingness and ability to go where others may fear to tread.
Work and life experience ...
A working mother of 3 young adults
Some personal experience within the family of serious illness, mental health difficulties, relationship breakdown, substance misuse, bereavement and victimisation
Lived in Middle East for 3 years
Varied market and social research professional experience
Programme research at BBC
16 years as a Victim Support volunteer:
full range of serious crimes
children with/out parental permission
9 years working as a counsellor in a range of settings:
Rape & Sexual Abuse Agency
Primary & Secondary schools
Category C male prison
B.A. Hons. (1st) Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (Warwick).
Specialist modules: all forms of abuse, substance misuse, psychopathology/mental health, working creatively with expressive arts.
Committed to on-going professional development.
B.Sc. Hons. (2:2) Food and
Consumer Studies (Bath).
Memberships of Professional Bodies (and links)
Independent Consultants Group
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counselling in Prisons Network
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and Counselling in Prisons Network (MCPN)