Shirralee is a counsellor with over 20 years’ experience working with adolescents and adults across different sectors of mental health in a number of countries including the UK, Hong Kong and Australia.
She has also worked with different age ranges and has experience in schools, specialist mental health court programmes, prisons and other areas including private practice.
Shirralee is an accredited mental health social worker and a registered counsellor. She trained as a UK Probation Officer over 23 years ago, and her qualifications include BA (hons) Social Policy, MA Applied Social Studies, MSc Psychology as well as ongoing CPD each year.
Shirralee is passionate about early intervention in mental health, and actively promotes the importance of it by raising awareness about mental health and reducing stigma. She is also an experienced trainer for Youth Mental Health First Aid courses and other evidence-based programmes.
"Brilliant. It is brilliant to work with an instructor who appreciates the context of working in a school. She made us feel like there was no such thing as a stupid question, she was fantastic and we hope to invite her into our school so that she can deliver CPD to other members of staff". June 2019
"Very much enjoyed Shirralee’s informative and engaging style. Thanks for making it a
comfortable and relaxed environment for participants to feel safe and share. Also appreciate your openness and sharing your own experiences of counselling to give us more context to understand the material". Sept 2020
"Shirralee is very knowledgeable and experienced which makes her an engaging presenter". Sept 2020
"Excellent presentation of the course material, really lovely atmosphere of trust and non-judgement set up, even via Zoom. Thank you". Nov 2020
"Thank you Shiralee, I really enjoyed your Youth refresher course. You were knowledgeable, both about the subject and doing an online course. You engaged others well and covered the topics easily". Nov 2020
"Great work in being able to deliver this course virtually. flow of course and was mindful of everyone's experience". Sept 2020
"Obviously this type of PD is harder using online methods, however the instructor encouraged engagement in discussions". Nov 2020
""Shirralee is a highly capable instructor, whose previous experience shows in her ability to address questions. - Nov 2020
"Shirralee was very professional and an excellent instructor. I highly recommend her". Oct 2020