Down to earth, experienced, practical I have been a BACP Accredited Counsellor for 15yrs. The people I see come for a wide range of reasons: anger, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, difficult life events, as well as abuse, poor self esteem and bereavement.
I trained as a counsellor because I have always had a strong interest in why we behave as we do, and, in particular, how we deal with, if indeed we do, the seemingly insurmountable problems that life can throw at us.
My background is a 25 year career as a Soldier and a Diplomat followed by 10 years as a Business Consultant. It was during experience gained as a Business Consultant that I realised we often have a false picture of who we think we are, and, what we think we can achieve.
I believe we are capable of a great deal more than we allow ourselves. It was this realisation that led me to train as a counsellor.
I work in the public sector for a wide range of Businesses and Corporations as well as seeing private clients in my rooms in Swindon and Devizes.
I see Individuals.
Training, qualifications & experience
Fundamentals of Counselling & Psychotherapy Certificate (1996)
Postgraduate Diploma in Psychosynthesis Counselling (2002)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2003)
Accredited Member of The British Association of Counselling (2004)
‘Working with Couples’ Basic and Advanced Training (2006 & 2007)
Principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (UWE - 2008)
I have been in private practice since 2002. Since when I have worked in GP Surgeries and as an Affiliate Counsellor for Insurance Companies and other Agencies providing counselling to the business sector.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
9.00 to 6.00pm weekdays with some limited evening appointments.