I have several years experience counselling adults and teenagers. I have also worked in Fostering and Adoption, helping young people leaving care and family support. I have further training in Life Story Work, and Attachment-based Practice and like to integrate narrative approaches into my work. I am passionate about trauma-informed practice and exploring ways for a person to make meaning of their experiences without labelling. I challenge the culture of psychiatric diagnosis and believe that mental distress is primarily a result of what people have experienced, which all too often arises within social injustices that need to be named.
I first started performing my poetry on the open mic scene in Hull. Since then I have taken spoken word shows to the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and performed as part of the BBC's poetry festival 'Contains Strong Language'.
My broadcasting career spans 15 years and included producing and presenting human interest features and news-based programmes for BBC radio and regional TV.
'What Happened to Andrea' is the culmination of my personal and professional journey. It is at times a deeply painful account of what happens when stories aren't safe enough to share.