Having had my own therapy, the magnitude of talking to a complete stranger about your innermost thoughts and feelings isn't lost on me.
Therapists aren't immune to life's perils; nobody is. It's inevitable that at various points in our lives we all encounter change, loss, adversity, crisis, or a sense of impass which causes mental distress.
The human brain is capable of finding ingenious ways of coping, but the things we use to cope and protect ourselves often become unhealthy; ultimately causing us further distress, while the original issue remains unresolved and we find ourselves with a sense of existing rather than living.
The thing is we aren't born depressed, anxious, or suicidal. We aren't born with compulsive or unhealthy thoughts and behaviours. They are the symptoms of how something is making us feel, how we've learned to cope, or what we think is our only option to relieve the pain we feel.
For this reason I believe the best approach is to work collaboratively with clients as they seek to understand the origins of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours; ultimately aiming to make sense and meaning of them by exploring their relationships, view of the world and and how they see their place in it.
Whether you're struggling with something in your current life, from past or traumatic events, or you have no idea what the cause is, talking it through with a therapist in an environment which promotes your sense of safety and empowerment can help make sense of the situation, how it's affecting you, and how you can move forward.
If you would like any further information, or to arrange a free, no obligation twenty minute phone or video call, simply text "Therapy" to 07908722459.
Please note that due to Covid 19 I am currently working via Zoom, Skype, or telephone only.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP, having studied a Diploma in Integrative Counselling at Inter-Psyche Training Institute.
My practice is informed by my integrative training using humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive models to work with the past and present, and how they influence our concept of who we are.
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.