After suffering from my own personal trauma I was referred by my GP for counselling, having no idea what counselling was I went along feeling very nervous and anxious. I sat in the room and told the counsellor why I felt I needed counselling, she asked me things I wasn’t expecting and this took me out of my comfort zone. When I finished my sessions I was curious as to why she asked me the questions she did and I felt a little confused as to how this made me feel...
I got back to normal life, being a mother to two children, being a wife and trudging to work day in day out doing dead end jobs just to help provide for my family always feeling there was something more than this for me. Eight years later and after a particularly difficult time in one of my dead end jobs I decided to do something about it and signed up for a night course which was an introduction to counselling. That was the start of a new chapter for me...
Having followed on from one course to another I find myself in a position to sit in that room with another person and listen to their worries...
I work in an integrated way using both person centred counselling and CBT techniques, I will use my training and experience to decide the best way of working with each client individually. My experience has been mainly in Hospice care, working with clients from the age of 4 upwards either dealing with their own or a family members or a friend’s life limiting illness or working with those already bereaved. I am trained in the rewind technique which is suited to working with trauma such as PTSD or phobias and I am also trained in suicide prevention. Having studied at the University of Sunderland for three years, I have a degree in counselling and am also a member of the BACP which is the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I follow their code of ethics.
Training, qualifications & experience
A Honours Degree in Counselling
Foundation Degree in Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Skills Level 3
Equality & Diversity Level 2
Mental Health Awareness Level 2
Counselling Skills Level 1
Introduction to Counselling
Additional Training and Workshops Attended
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Core V5
Safeguarding Adults - Alerter Training
Loss and Bereavement Level 1
Holding the Frame
The Importance of Father Christmas
Record Keeping - Data Protection and Information Governance
Loss and Bereavement Level 2
Risk Assessment and Lone Working
Play Therapy workshop
Drowning in Domesticity
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Rewind - Fast Trauma and Phobia Cure
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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Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial assessment
£40 per 50 min session