Specialised Counsellor for Military, Veterans and Families in Berkshire
Are you currently serving or have you served in the Military / Armed Forces? Are you a partner or family member of somebody in the Armed Forces? My experience in the military enables me to understand the difficulties and additional challenges that service personnel, veterans and their families can face.
My Background from the military to a counsellor in Maidenhead
I joined the Army in 1988 and retired in 2015 as a Warrant Officer Class One. Initially joining the Queen Alexanders Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) I served in several military hospitals in the UK and Germany and on Operation Granby during the first Gulf War.
After ten years with the QA’s I decided on a career change and joined the Army Welfare Service (AWS). On completion of my training to become an Army Welfare Worker, I served with the AWS for 17 years in various postings in the UK, Cyprus and Germany.
Throughout my career in the AWS I have worked with individuals from all ranks and services and their families facing a multitude of issues. I have worked with bereaved families and soldiers and those who have suffered significant life changing injuries. I have supported soldiers suffering from anxiety following their experiences on operational tours and supported service couples with relationship difficulties whether they be working to improve their relationship or to separate amicably. Towards the latter end of my career I was responsible for managing and supervising teams of Army Welfare Workers to carry out this work. Towards the end of my career I commenced my counselling training in preparation for leaving the Army
Despite there being welfare support in place I am aware from my experience that military personnel often find it difficult to seek support within the military system and may prefer to access this external to the military. With regards to the veteran community research suggests that people prefer to access support from somebody who speaks their language, this is something I believe I can offer you.
It is the combined experience of a total of 27 years in the Army and my counselling training that qualifies me to offer counselling to meet the needs of the Armed Forces and veteran communities.