Katie-Headstuff-ADHD-Therapist

Katie
ADHD COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLOR

 

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Katie grew up knowing she was different but didn’t know why. She always felt overwhelmed emotionally and angry. She used cannabis as a teenager to cope with her strong feelings and emotions. She felt it calmed her down and made her more able to manage her life. Katie then experienced an eating disorder when she developed Anorexia at the age of 13.

Katie was passionate about horses from 9 years of age and has been all her life. She found caring for them as a child gave her the much needed structure her life needed. She could lose herself in mucking out, grooming and riding. She particularly loved working with the rescue animals – an early sign of the extra compassion ADHD brings.

Katie was only diagnosed with Dyslexia in her early 40’s as an adult so had spent her entire school life thinking she must be thick! She felt very isolated, socially inadequate and self-critical of her own appearance and was constantly worrying about what others thought of her. This went on all throughout her teens.

Katie’s school reports were littered with comments from teachers of ‘poor concentration and focus’ and ‘not enough attendance’! Katie couldn’t cope with school so instead turned to recreational drug use, developed an eating disorder, had anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. All of this she now attributes to her then undiagnosed ADHD.

When the Dyslexia diagnosis came it was a massive breakthrough for Katie but it has made her frustrated and angry at the lack of awareness in schools, which exists to this day. It has given her huge empathy to work with clients who have this often undiagnosed ADHD comorbidity.

After school Katie found herself training to be a hairdresser as she had no qualifications and it seemed like one of her only options. She finished her hairdressing apprenticeship much to her surprise as she had a reputation for not finishing anything. But Katie loved the ‘working with people’ element so much she kept hairdressing up for over 12 years.

After her own recovery, in 2010 Katie followed her passion to help marginalised people by training to be an Addiction Counsellor, with a charitable organisation in Plymouth. She found her vocation working with clients struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, gambling and co-dependent relationships. She learnt so much working alongside other mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Social Workers, GP’s and Probation Officers. She became involved with group work and facilitated Relapse Prevention, Behavioural Triggers, Anger Management and Health & Nutrition groups. She saw first hand the crippling effects of addiction and the utter chaos it brings into people’s lives and families. Especially where undiagnosed ADHD is the cause.

More recently Katie has been working with teenagers aged 16 to 18 at a local college as a trainee and then a voluntary counsellor. This is an age group she cares hugely about and identifies with their struggles, having had so many of her own. She has helped numerous teens with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, addictions, undiagnosed ADHD, Autism and many with additional special learning needs.

Katie has also undertaken training to be a Grief Counsellor. She trained and worked with Cruse the national bereavement specialists. She now has three years bereavement counselling experience with clients aged between 18 and 70.

Katie’s partner was diagnosed with motor neuron disease five years ago so she has a real understanding of clients who are living with chronic illness. Especially those who are managing ADHD alongside it.

Katie now has three daughters two of whom she is convinced have ADHD.

Another of Katie’s passions is playing the violin. She feels that music has given her an escape from her compulsive thoughts and overthinking brain. The music she finds soothing and it allows her to focus especially when she is feeling overwhelmed in life due to her ADHD.

Katie is now passionate about working with ADHD clients. Having suffered with a lack of motivation, impulsivity, compulsivity, procrastination, overwhelm and various bouts of anxiety and depression over the years, she really understands how ADHD can impact on clients. She is committed to helping clients navigate their way through the ADHD traits to lead a happier and fulfilling life.

Katie enjoys helping clients fully understand the condition and to be able to recognise their triggers. She firmly believes that gaining knowledge and tools to manage their individual ADHD traits is the way to personal fulfilment.

 

Qualifications

  • Counselling Skills Level 2 2011
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness Level 2 2011
  • Advanced Practitioner in Substance Misuse Level 3 2011
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 2021
  • Bereavement Support Foundation Level 2 2021
  • Cruse Bereavement Counselling Levels 1 & 2 2020
  • Childhood Loss & Grief Levels 1 & 2 2020
  • Person Centred Psychotherapy Level 5 – Completes June 2022

 

Katie-Headstuff-ADHD-Therapist

Katie
ADHD COUNSELLOR
ADDICTION THERAPIST
GRIEF & BEREAVEMENT COUNSELLOR

 

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD

Katie grew up knowing she was different but didn’t know why. She always felt overwhelmed emotionally and angry. She used cannabis as a teenager to cope with her strong feelings and emotions. She felt it calmed her down and made her more able to manage her life. Katie then experienced an eating disorder when she developed Anorexia at the age of 13.

Katie was passionate about horses from 9 years of age and has been all her life. She found caring for them as a child gave her the much needed structure her life needed. She could lose herself in mucking out, grooming and riding. She particularly loved working with the rescue animals – an early sign of the extra compassion ADHD brings.

Katie was only diagnosed with Dyslexia in her early 40’s as an adult so had spent her entire school life thinking she must be thick! She felt very isolated, socially inadequate and self-critical of her own appearance and was constantly worrying about what others thought of her. This went on all throughout her teens.

Katie’s school reports were littered with comments from teachers of ‘poor concentration and focus’ and ‘not enough attendance’! Katie couldn’t cope with school so instead turned to recreational drug use, developed an eating disorder, had anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. All of this she now attributes to her then undiagnosed ADHD.

When the Dyslexia diagnosis came it was a massive breakthrough for Katie but it has made her frustrated and angry at the lack of awareness in schools, which exists to this day. It has given her huge empathy to work with clients who have this often undiagnosed ADHD comorbidity.

After school Katie found herself training to be a hairdresser as she had no qualifications and it seemed like one of her only options. She finished her hairdressing apprenticeship much to her surprise as she had a reputation for not finishing anything. But Katie loved the ‘working with people’ element so much she kept hairdressing up for over 12 years.

After her own recovery, in 2010 Katie followed her passion to help marginalised people by training to be an Addiction Counsellor, with a charitable organisation in Plymouth. She found her vocation working with clients struggling with alcohol and drug addiction, eating disorders, gambling and co-dependent relationships. She learnt so much working alongside other mental health professionals including Psychiatrists, Social Workers, GP’s and Probation Officers. She became involved with group work and facilitated Relapse Prevention, Behavioural Triggers, Anger Management and Health & Nutrition groups. She saw first hand the crippling effects of addiction and the utter chaos it brings into people’s lives and families. Especially where undiagnosed ADHD is the cause.

More recently Katie has been working with teenagers aged 16 to 18 at a local college as a trainee and then a voluntary counsellor.  This is an age group she cares hugely about and identifies with their struggles, having had so many of her own. She has helped numerous teens with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, addictions, undiagnosed ADHD, Autism and many with additional special learning needs.

Katie has also undertaken training to be a Grief Counsellor. She trained and worked with Cruse the national bereavement specialists. She now has three years bereavement counselling experience with clients aged between 18 and 70.

Katie’s partner was diagnosed with motor neuron disease five years ago so she has a real understanding of clients who are living with chronic illness. Especially those who are managing ADHD alongside it.

Katie now has three daughters two of whom she is convinced have ADHD.

Another of Katie’s passions is playing the violin. She feels that music has given her an escape from her compulsive thoughts and overthinking brain. The music she finds soothing and it allows her to focus especially when she is feeling overwhelmed in life due to her ADHD.

Katie is now passionate about working with ADHD clients. Having suffered with a lack of motivation, impulsivity, compulsivity, procrastination, overwhelm and various bouts of anxiety and depression over the years, she really understands how ADHD can impact on clients. She is committed to helping clients navigate their way through the ADHD traits to lead a happier and fulfilling life.

Katie enjoys helping clients fully understand the condition and to be able to recognise their triggers. She firmly believes that gaining knowledge and tools to manage their individual ADHD traits is the way to personal fulfilment.

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Qualifications

  • Counselling Skills Level 2 2011
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness Level 2 2011
  • Advanced Practitioner in Substance Misuse Level 3 2011
  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4 2021
  • Bereavement Support Foundation Level 2 2021
  • Cruse Bereavement Counselling Levels 1 & 2 2020
  • Childhood Loss & Grief Levels 1 & 2 2020
  • Person Centred Psychotherapy Level 5 – Completes June 2022