I have been working as an NHS Counsellor in Blaenau Gwent doctors' surgeries for 11 years, covering Tredegar, Ebbw Vale, Brynmawr, Aberbeeg and Cwm, seeing clients with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and stress, relationship issues, bereavement and loss, adjustment to illness and disability, and self-esteem issues, for up to six sessions.
I combine a person-centred approach, to build the counselling relationship, with Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, to modify thinking styles and behaviour, and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, to build on personal strengths and resources.
I taught AQA Level 3 Counselling to adults at Coleg Gwent Ebbw Vale for 9 years, covering Egan's Skilled Helper Model; 3 approaches to counselling: Humanistic, Psychodynamic, and CBT, and units on Grief and Loss, Counselling in Organisations, Transactional Analysis, and Brief Therapy. I then taught AQA Level 4 Counselling at Coleg Gwent Newport for a year, preparing students for their Supervised Case Studies.
I supervised a group of volunteer counsellors for Cruse Bereavement Care in Cardiff for 2 years, and have been supervising two groups of student counsellors on placement at MIND Merthyr and the Valleys for the last 4 years. I also provide ad hoc individual supervision for students.
I have provided Personal Therapy for several university students who are required to complete 10 sessions as part of their course requirement.
I provided counselling to the Blaenau Gwent Active Living Project, designed to combat obesity and promote healthy living, and have a personal interest in the relationship between food and mental health.
I am a Reiki Master, and have taught Reiki at adult education centres. I take part in a monthly Reiki share group, which helps me to relax in a caring, supportive, and fun environment. I always explore a variety of relaxation techniques with clients, as I feel the ability to relax is so helpful in confronting everyday stresses.
I love walking with the local Ramblers, and believe in the value of physical activity, contact with nature, and social time, to lift the spirits.
Training, qualifications & experience
Postgraduate Diploma in Consultative Supervision - University of Wales Newport, 2008
Practitioner Diploma in Eating Disorders - National Centre For Eating Disorders, 2004
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - University of Wales Newport, 2002
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I see clients for counselling, personal therapy, and supervision appointments in Brynmawr Learning Action Centre, Market Square, Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent. NP23 4AJ and at Claremont House, 1st floor, 15, Nevill Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. NP7 8AA.