My decision to undertake academic counselling training in 1998 was motivated by both painful and personal experiences with a severe and enduring alcohol problem. I travelled along the long road to 'recovery' 1989 -1998 via Hospital admissions, Community Mental Health interventions and associated Care Services. I was fortunate enough to meet some special and unforgettable individuals along the way who were absolutely wonderful, genuine and totally supportive, and it was from their example, and belief in me that I dared to hope, and ultimately believe that I could, one day, overcome my own problems. I promised myself that if I ever recovered from the dark place that is addiction, phobic anxiety and deep depression I would try my utmost to attain a position where I could, like those who had guided me, help support and hopefully inspire others. I did gradually manage to pull away from my physical dependence and the associated anxieties that usually accompany that dependence, though it has certainly left it's mark along the way Positivity can nearly always be gained from negative experience, and I believe my life experiences have helped me to become an efficient and effective worker in the field. I may not have all of the answers but I will strive to help you find yours. I work with a passion, am naturally empathic and I maintain a desire to help. I firmly believe that, given the right conditions, people can literally 'move mountains' if they feel safe enough, understood, and supported enough to do so. I have witnessed positive change many times throughout my years of working, and it continues. It still gives me an immense sense of satisfaction, both to witness the person's growth, and the feeling of privilege I experience that I may have helped play a small part in it.