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As an experienced nurse and counsellor with many years working in mental health in the NHS, I have the skills and qualities to support people to enable their own change.
My own life has not been without its challenges having brought up my family single handed whilst being a working mum and studying to gain additional qualifications. I have had a small private therapy practice for the last 18 years and as I approach retirement from the NHS, I am further developing my practice, building on the experience I have had both in this work and in my nursing career.
The aim of my integrative approach is to work alongside you to help and support as you work through your problems to achieve a resolution. It is a journey of self discovery and finding a way to love yourself and accept who we are. This is not without challenges and I call this “wonderfully hard”.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced counsellor in my NHS work using CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavioural therapy) working with people with emotional dysregulation (borderline personality disorder). Additionally I am experienced in mindfulness practice. I am a substance misuse specialist recovery counsellor, covering all aspects of this including alcohol, opiates. benzodiazepines and novel psychoactive substances.
- Registered nurse NHS 40 years.
- Integrative trained therapeutic counsellor - Diploma - 18 years in practice.
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per session.