I have trained and qualified in a wide variety of "talking therapies" (Psychotherapy, Counselling, CBT, Coaching and Career Guidance) during the last 25 years. My approach to counselling is "keep it simple". Experience suggests that it is the perception of our life and life events that may adversely colour how we see ourselves.One of the main benefits of "talking therapies" may be to allow client's to discover more of who "they really are" and thus see themselves in a more positive light.
I firmly believe that all of us have the potential to lead lives which are happier and more fulfilled. My role as the therapist is to help client's to achieve the goals, which have brought them into counselling.
My varied training (see qualifications) enables me to integrate different therapy techniques into my work which helps me to be more flexible to my client needs.
In addition, my own time as a client has given me an opportunity to experience the counselling process, which I believe helps me to be more empathic with my clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
Registered Member BACP (I am eligible to receive NHS referrals)
MSC Psychotherapy Studies
European Diploma Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic)
Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma Life Coaching
Diploma Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (NCFE Level 3)
Diploma Schema Therapy
Diploma Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Diploma Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Diploma Psychiatric Studies
Certificates Solution Based/Brief Focus Therapy
CRUSE Trained Bereavement Counsellor
NVQ 3/4 Career Advice and Guidance for Adults
Post Graduate Diploma Management Studies
Member Career Development Institute
Member Chartered Management Institute
7 years as a counsellor with Mind, 7 years counselling,guidance and coaching with long term unemployed, 2 years with CRUSE, 2 years with Victim Support, 15 years running a private counselling practice. In addition, I currently work with a variety of Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's), and Commercial Organisations which keeps me abreast of workplace issues, stress in the workplace and the emotional concerns which bring people into counselling .
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Life/Executive Coaching, Career Counselling, Forgiveness (self and others), letting go of past hurt affecting the present), Agoraphobia, Self Harm and Seeking a more Holistic Way of Living.
Releasing negative patterns from the past.
I work Monday to Thursday (9.30 am until 5.30 pm.
I have supervision in accordance with BACP guidelines. I have undergone my own personal therapy.
I can see clients in the daytime and in the evening. If required, I can see clients in their own home, providing someone else is in the building.