Counselling and Wellbeing Co-Ordinator
- Counselling Dip, FDSc, BSc (Hons) Addictions
- CBT Certificate (APT Accredited)
- Clinical Supervision Dip
- Registered MBACP (Accreditation)
I have 15 years of experience working with individuals with a diverse range of issues Relationships, Trauma, Anxiety, Stress, Anxiety, Addictions Trauma.
Delivering interventions in a variety of settings Criminal Justice, Drug Intervention Programmes, Recovery Support Centre, Counselling Service, Local Authority Treatment Centres and Community Drug Teams.
Providing evidence based interventions, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Psycho-educational Workshops. Delivering and Creating Group Programmes, Aftercare Support, Interpersonal Group Therapy Sessions, 12 Step Facilitation, Family Interventions and Relapse Prevention.
I have worked in multi-disciplinary teams in different capacities as a Deputy Manager, Counsellor, Senior Counsellor, Group Facilitator and Team Leader.
Through my own experience of personal therapy, I have come to understand the importance of exploration of emotions, behaviours and thoughts to gain a better understanding of self.
Counsellor and Mental Health Co-Ordinator
I am a UKCP registered psychotherapist and I have been offering psychotherapy and counselling privately with a range of clients in North East London for the past 15 years.
During this time, I completed my MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy and worked for several organisations that provided addictions counselling services for people with gambling problems. These included Gamcare, Capio Nightingale Hospital and MIND.
For several years, I also trained counsellors to work with people with severe and enduring mental health problems at SANE the national mental health charity.
Betknowmore UK are developing a pioneering service and I am looking forward to combining all my areas of expertise in my role, both in identifying the complexity of a dual diagnosis of mental health problems and gambling dependency and in offering support to those caught up in these difficulties.
Prior to my work with Betknowmore UK I worked in the homeless sector from Liverpool to London and international humanitarian projects from East Africa to the Caribbean. I have been working with Betknowmore UK since March 2015, initially as an Outreach Worker and providing support and help to client’s in 1:1 and group settings.
In January 2016, I became the Outreach Co-ordinator for our Islington Hub and have proceeded to strengthen and develop the support and educational services, maximising our reach through further partnership building, as well as delivering workshops and training to other organisations. I look forward to 2017 and helping build Betknowmore UK into the best service it can possibly be, it is a great feeling to be part of a team that are focused and driven to help address gambling related harm.
Community Development Worker
I have been with Betknowmore for 2 years now, and I must say it's been a fantastic journey. However, my journey did not start so easily. From a very early stage in my life, around the age of 14, I started gambling without being aware of what I was doing or what "gambling" was. Over time it developed into a regular pattern of behaviour. During my twenties, it began to affect me negatively and impact all areas of my life. My gambling addiction eventually cost me my employment, caused family breakdown and affected my mental health.
I contacted Betknowmore UK in early 2015, Frankie helped me to address issues underlying my gambling dependency and provided me with a tailored recovery package. I began to volunteer with the Betknowmore UK community programme, before being employed as a Community Development Worker. I believe my life experience and recovery journey helps me to empathise with and support others, I especially enjoy delivering workshops and helping ‘frontline’ workers from other organisations.
Outreach Worker / Workshop Facilitator
I started volunteering with Betknowmore UK in October 2015 due to my interest in the psychology of gambling addiction. I am a Psychologist and my studies focused on social behavioural traits of young people. My academic skills, as well as my personal skills, have enabled me to support Betknowmore UK Outreach Team, with whom I am now providing mentoring and facilitating group sessions. My experience with Betknowmore UK has been personally and professionally very positive and rewarding. I believe there is so much to be done to help people who suffer from this very complex addiction, as well as their beloved ones.