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Integrative Counsellor/Psychotherapist (Registered MBACP)

About me

MY JOURNEY TO BECOMING A COUNSELLOR

I have been a counsellor/ psychotherapist since  the years 2016, counselling the bereaved within a Hospice setting, as well as children in an educational setting who were experiencing the impact of family breakdown.  My journey however started 18 years ago in an informal fashion as a Registered Social Worker. There I worked with Young People and Adults. These roles brought great satisfaction, training, experience in group work and insight into the complex internal and external challenges we all can face. Having spent time listening to clients over the years, my passion to journey with them through their challenging times began to grow. Being a Social Worker did not permit the length of time with clients that was needed to make this possible.

It was from this frustration  that I re-trained as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist. This  enabled me to  consolidate and add to my learning and experiences. From this I also  fine turned my skills and techniques as well as gained more.

Becoming a counsellor was not without looking inwardly and experiencing  counselling myself. My change through therapy confirmed that change is possible if we want it.  This  makes me a therapist who has every confidence that you can do the same.

IS COUNSELLING FOR YOU?

After trying to manage every day challenges and frustrations without experiencing desired results, the chances are you are not here by coincidence and are possibly asking yourself this very question, “Is counselling for me?”

With the increasing amount of challenges that face us from day to day, I understand how normal it is to experience overwhelming feelings. I also connect to the strong feelings of shame, and pride that can stand in the way of seeking help.

HOW I WORK

I am an Integrative Therapist who combines Person Centred and Psychodynamic interventions when working with clients. This means I explore with clients what they are experiencing in the here and now, as well as past experiences. This can be very insightful and life changing when there is a connection to current patterns of relating.

I also use “Gestalt” and “CBT” techniques as well as meditations, positive affirmations and creative exercises. I find that these combined ways of working aid movement in the clients exploration of self, awareness and change. As a therapist, these approaches allow a holistic perspective to be taken, which enables the many layers of an individual to be seen. This too enhances the therapeutic relationship and makes the work valuable and worthwhile.

WHAT I OFFER INDIVIDUALS

  • WHAT YOU BRING TO THE SESSION WILL ALWAYS BE THE FOCUS.
  • I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE AND VALUE YOUR CHALLENGES AND EMPOWER YOU TO EXPERIENCE BREAKTHROUGH.
  • I WILL STAY PRESENT WITH YOU WITHOUT BEING AFRAID TO JOURNEY INTO THE DEPTH OF YOUR CHALLENGES

As a good therapist I believe in your value as a human being and walk with you without judgement toward your desired outcomes. I show genuine interest, empathy and understanding of things from your core perspectives whether it be historical, cultural, religious or social. Working with diversity is of great interest to me and seeing the whole person is what will make you experience and understand your challenges on many levels.

You can expect to be accepted for you, which means you do not need to be anyone other than that. In fact it is your honesty that aids successful work. This way of being develops acceptance of self, as well as builds the ability to trust others. My acceptance of you may at times involve gentle non-judgemental challenging questions, which I must be honest in saying may be unsettling at times. Conversely this may also bring a deeper understanding of self, which will lead to a more self-governing lifestyle.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (Hons/Diploma in Social Work)

Level 4 Diploma  Certificate  in Therapeutic Counselling

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Director of Perez Counselling & Psychotherapy Service

EXPERIENCED WITH

  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • sadness
  • Loss
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Low Self- Esteem
  • lack of confidence
  • Attachment issue
  • Faith issues
  • Cultural issues

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual Counselling Sessions are £50(50 minutes)

When I work

I am available now and am flexible in my working hours. Monday- Thursday 15:30 -20:20

Further information

I LOOK FORWARD TO JOURNEYING WITH YOU FOR A WHILE.

South Croydon, CR2

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

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Online platforms

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