I’ve worked in education, mental health and wellbeing for over fifteen years. I studied applied theatre (educational, community and therapeutic contexts) working in schools and community settings supporting young people experiencing social and emotional challenges. I also worked as lecturer/tutor in applied theatre and as mental health, disability and learning differences (SpLDs) coordinator in higher education leading me to train in counselling and psychotherapy. A few years ago I co-edited Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia (Support for Specific Learning Differences).
I am a D&A specialist mentor and supervisor for our amazing mentors team. I have a counselling and psychotherapy practice for adults 16+. With Aashna Counselling and Psychotherapy I’m engaged in the development of training considering issues of diversity and intersectionality in therapy practice including projects “Let’s Get Uncomfortable (LGU): Embedding explorations of race, ethnicity, culture and power in counselling and psychotherapy training” and “Untold stories of adults who have grown up in care: Understanding impact of disrupted childhoods.” I have worked as a counsellor for my local Mind, a University, a GP Medical Practice Counselling Service and the charity Crisis offering accessible counselling and groups.
I am a Care Experienced Conference team member, a national conference for care experienced people and care leavers of all ages to enable a much-needed debate about improving the care system campaigning at national and local government around the 10 key messages for change. Currently, I am finishing my MA Psychotherapy thesis exploring care experience drawing on socio-historical/political systemic, transgenerational and intergenerational understandings of trauma. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our cat, long walks, reading, yoga, cooking and growing veggies.
DSA – Find Your Way
This is your guide to the Disabled Student Allowances (DSA) process. When you're first starting out it can all seem a bit daunting. D&A are here to help! This handy step-by-step guide will show you all the things you need to do to get up and running with your DSA support.Visit