With over 30 years working in gynaeoncology and over 20 years as a clinical nurse specialist I have developed a global reputation as an expert in the field. I lead a team of CNS's supporting women and their families at diagnosis and throughout their cancer pathway and beyond. As an advanced nurse practitioner
I work autonomously undertaking my own clinics for BRCA testing, giving results (including diagnosis, recurrence and good news), contribute to making and explaining treatment plans, supporting patients with decision making ensuring they are central to the process.
I've written extensively including national guidance on the management of gynae cancers and the late effects of treatments; presented at national and international events; I also support the gynae cancer charities on expert panels, writing patient information and presenting at events.
My interest in counselling started in the early 1990's and continued along side my nursing. I trained as a psychosexual therapist 10 years ago working holistically using a bio-psycho-social model with all sexual difficulties (male and female sexual dysfunctions, sexuality, sexual rehabilitation etc).
Due to the amount of trauma many of my clients have experienced I've continued my training to use trauma informed practices for complex trauma (embodied somatic work) and EMDR which has NICE approval as treatment for PTSD.
Education, Qualifications and Experience
MSc (with distinction) Advanced Practice
National Advanced Communication Skills Training
Enhancing Therapeutic Communication Skills in Health Care
BSc (Hons) Nursing Studies
Registered General Nurse (RGN)
PGCE: Further Education and training.
Manager as a coach
PGDip Psychotherapy (Sex and Relationship)
SEER method for Complex Trauma
Certificate in Counselling
My education, qualifications & experience enable me to deliver a fully integrated service drawing on and combining all areas of expertise.
Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC)
British Gynae Cancer Society (BGCS)
European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO)
College of Sex and Relationships (AccCOSRT)
United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
EMDR Association UK
Complex Trauma Network (UK)