**I am currently offering online and telephone counselling sessions**
Sometimes we can find ourselves experiencing difficult emotions and situations. In such times we can feel confused, isolated, overwhelmed and scared. Often the people we might usually turn to are unable to help us in the way that we need. Taking the first steps towards accessing therapy to work through these issues can often feel difficult. I work in a way that acknowledges this difficulty and I endeavour to make this experience of beginning therapy comfortable and straightforward for you.
I work with a range of issues including anxiety, stress, depression, shame and isolation, self-criticism, low self-esteem and life/work transition difficulties. I also work with males and females who have experienced childhood or current relationship abuse and trauma, as well as difficulties in relationships with others. I provide a non-judgemental space in which issues can be explored and worked-through safely.
How I work
I essentially work in a Person-Centred way, and you would experience me listening carefully, supportively and non-judgementally in order to understand things from your perspective. I reflect back to you what I have observed in terms of what you have communicated, to help you to be able to see things clearly and to be able to begin to make sense of things.
I also offer strategies for helping you to identify self-critical thoughts, shame and the experience of difficult emotions in a self-compassionate way, aiming to help you develop the tools needed to 'turn the volume down' on bullying, self-critical inner talk which may be causing you difficulty. For this aspect, I draw on Compassion-Focussed Therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have experience of working as a therapist in the charity sector, both with people who have experienced abusive relationships, and people who have experienced early relational trauma and significant difficulties with emotional wellbeing in the present. In my past career I have worked as a Teacher, and an Analyst in the public sector. I live and work in Sheffield.
- Professional Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Foundations of Counselling
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education
- Accredited Member of British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society
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.
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.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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