I have been a specialist in relationship/sexual therapy and trauma as a therapist, but I have experience of other types of issues, of supervision with students and qualified therapists who work with a range of settings and issues. I am accredited, very experienced, warm, genuinely interested, trustworthy. See Cornerstone website for more info about me and my Associates. I am also founder and Programme Director of The Academy: S.P.A.C.E. - a private training school for counselling and psychotherapy .
My own particular interests have been in couple/relationship counselling including sexual therapy (for individuals and couples of any orientation) and EMDR, LI and other techniques which help with symptoms following trauma, although I also work with more general emotional and behavioural issues which get in the way of everyday life and leading the life clients want to lead. My Associates work with a wide range of issues and specialisms.
Research (and my own experience) tells me that an open and trusting relationship underpins successful therapy, and is also important in clinical supervision. This is what I aim to foster and your feedback about how supervision is going is very important to me. Finding the right person to work with is probably the most important thing for you, and if I am not right for you I should be able to help you find someone who is.
I love my work. I feel immense gratitude to the clients I have been privileged to work with, who have trusted me with their inner fears , doubts and troubled experiences and taught me so much. I have also learned so much from my years of working with supervisees.
Other stuff you might like to know:
I used to head a university department which trained counsellors - I am very proud to have helped facilitate the development of many excellent counsellors during 16 years at the university. My first book, Counselling Skills for Dummies, was published in September 2007 - new edition September 2013.
My earlier background was in therapeutic social work with children and families. I also worked for Relate for over 20 years, with SAIL (Sexual Abuse and Incest Line, Chesterfield) for 7 years and a university student counselling service for 18 months.
I co-own Cornerstone Counselling and Therapy Centre where our Associates work with a wide variety of individual, couple and family issues, with adults and children. All of the therapists are vetted and are trained and experienced.
See the Cornerstone website www.cornerstone-sheffield.co.uk for more about me, the Cornerstone Associates and the Cornerstone philosophy. See The Academy: S.P.A.C.E. website for info about courses and workshops and the Counsellor Development Forum sessions which are open to anyone to attend: www.counsellingacademy.org
Training, qualifications & experience
B.Sc., M.Sc., CQSW, Relate Cert. Couple Counselling, Relate Dip. Psychosexual Therapy, Relate Cert. Supervision, EMDR training, LI (Lifespan Integration) training.
COSRT Accredited (to Dec 2020, then retired), UKCP Registered (to Dec 2020, then retired). NCS Accredited.
I have over 35 years experience of counselling and over 25 years of supervision and counsellor training, but there is always more to learn, so I regularly do further training and attend conferences.
See the Cornerstone web-site for more information. Cornerstone's trained reception staff can help clients decide which therapist is likely to be right for them.
I have many years experience of training counsellors at Sheffield Hallam University. Following the closure of specialist counselling courses at SHU I founded The Academy: S.P.A.C.E. in 2010 to deliver these courses, with the blessing of SHU.
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.
In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
EMDR, LI (and other techniques) for trauma
I see supervisees on Tuesdays and Fridays, daytime. I am currently working just on Zoom or WhatsApp. I also can do outdoor (walking) supervision sessions, weather permitting.