I started in post April 2007 having previously worked as a Renal Nurse in Devon and various London Hospitals since 1991. I work full-time Mon-Fri.
I completed my counselling training in 1998 and have worked in a variety of settings from working with: young people; alcohol projects; bereavement services and latterly as an amputee counsellor. I am originally from New Zealand.
I have always wanted to be able to offer a counselling service within a renal department as I feel it is an area of great need and feel privileged to be able to have this opportunity.
We also offer Volunteer Counsellor placements for those training at Diploma level.
I work part-time Wed-Fri. I joined the team in June 2015 through a grant from the then British Kidney Patients Association (Kidney Care UK).
I qualified as a counsellor in 2012 and had the honour to be a volunteer counsellor at Pilgrims Hospice, Ashford. I have had the privilege of working with many individuals ranging from the young to, the more mature in both specialist and generic settings. Prior to this my professional background had been in the Education sector.
As well as counselling I also facilitate “The Kent Kidney Care Centre Support Group” with Lu Molina (chair of the Kent Kidney Patients Association: KKPA). At present we are holding monthly Support Group meetings via Zoom. More details can be found on posters located in all renal outpatient reception areas & on the KKPA website here