I strongly believe in the therapeutic relationship as the most important factor in counselling/psychotherapy and recognise that at times we all need some support to help with the challenges that life throws at us.
Although my main training is in cognitive behavioural therapy I would consider my practice as more integrative as I use further training in areas such as Compassion Focused Therapy and mindfulness techniques for clients who benefit more from these approaches.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Accredited trainer and qualified supervisor with approximately 10 years post qualification experience. I also hold a qualification in Clinical Hypnotherapy and in a previous career as a registered mental health nurse holding several posts within the NHS. I have also just recently qualified as a Mindfulness Teacher via the Mindfulness Association and have completed a post graduate diploma in mindfulness with Aberdeen university.
As a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist I have approximately 7 years recent experience within the NHS where I specialised in male sexual health and sexuality where this affected mental and emotional wellbeing and has included working with a variety of mental health difficulties including, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, OCD, sexual abuse and trauma, and clients who experience difficulty with self-esteem/self-worth. In private practice, my experience to date has covered a wide range of mental and emotional difficulties working with both male and female clients.
I am currently studying for an MSc in mindfulness and have just recently successfully completed the 1st two years of study and practice.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists
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It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Wednesdays and Thursday, 10.00am - 8pm