I have always been incredibly passionate about helping others in whatever way I can, along with a constant drive and ambition to understand others and their world, these factors drew me immediately to counselling and psychology.
I have graduated with a Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Psychology and have recently gone back to engage in the next step to being registered as a psychologist in New Zealand. From my experience at university, in life, generally and vocationally I've been blessed in meeting people from so many walks of life, who always inspire me to dream big, and aim for social change and a greater understanding of people on a daily basis.
My areas of great interest are positive psychology, neuropsychology and I have a love for the daily practice of mindfulness. My daily guiding quote or mantra currently is: "Make today so awesome that yesterday gets jealous". I hope it can inspire in the same way it inspires me.
There are two interests which have run parallel through my adult life. I studied Drama at University, before going to Drama School to train as an actor. I funded my University and Postgraduate study by working as an Auxiliary Nurse and Care Assistant. Primarily working in Geriatric Care, but also Surgical, Oncology and A&E wards and with children with profound learning disabilities.
I studied Psychology at A-Level and as my minor subject in my first year as an Undergraduate. Acting and the study of Psychology have both fed my fascination with human behaviour. Studying BA Hons Drama led me to work with TIPP (Theatre in Prisons and Probation), where we used techniques from Augusto Boal's Rainbow to devise work which examined the prisoner's own narratives; in particular how those narratives had led them to the present. Experiences such as this ignited a strong passion for social change, the importance of therapeutic practices, and of meeting others in an open-minded and non-judgemental way. I am currently applying for post-grad study in Counselling, whilst working in Reception and on the Helpline here at The Anxiety Trust.
Support Group Facilitators
Anna McVey, Counsellor
Hayley Robinson, Heath Psychologist