Whether it is a relationship that is affecting you, you're feeling depressed, there is anxiety in your life or another issue which has caused you to seek some counselling, please feel free to call to arrange a time to talk it through.
Sometimes we just need some space, or another perspective or simply to become more aware of what is happening in our lives, the patterns, the roles that we sometimes assume. Sometimes life is so busy,that we do not take the time to take care of ourselves, to see what is happening and it is only when we start to feel unhappy that we look for answers. You may decide that you would like some counselling sessions simply to take some time for you and your welbeing, or you may feel that you have a specific issues that you need to talk about, this is fine too.
As well as being a qualified counsellor, I also have a great interest in eating disorders. Often behind anorexia, bulimia or binge eating are emotions and feelings that haven't been expressed. This can be anything from a relationship issue to low self esteem. My work with Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association (SWEDA) has given me a vast knowledge and experience and I have now set up Eating Disorders Counselling Services Devon. www.eatingdisordersdevon.co.uk
Finding the right therapist, is like any relationship.....it may take a little time to find the right person. The relationship between the client and counsellor is fundamental to good work being done. I always suggest meeting for one session before any further commitments are made, you may simply not 'feel' comfortable, alternatively you 'feel' a tiny buzz of excitement that you have met the right person to work with.
Look forward to hearing from you......
Training, qualifications & experience
Advance Diploma in Integrative Counselling
ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Introduction to Counselling Skills
BTEC HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management
Safeguarding Awareness training - Level 3
Introduction to Post Natal Depression
Tackling Domestic Violence and Abuse - Level 1
Domestic Violence and Abuse - The Impact on Children
Healing from Childhood Trauma through the Therapeutic Relationship
Self Harm Awareness
Sand Play Therapy
During my training I worked at several Children's Centres in Devon which offers a counselling service for any carer with a child under the age of 5. The issues brought by clients were varied, and included relationship problems, depression, anxiety and domestic violence.
I have always held a great interest in 'Eating Disorders', and gained a counselling placement, also during my training at the Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorder Association (SWEDA). I worked alongside clients with a variety of eating patterns that were adversely affecting their lives. My experience includes working with individual adults, young people, parents and families who are experiencing problems in this area.
When I became qualified, I set up Eating Disorders Counselling Services Devon, as I realised that there was a great need for specialist counsellors knowledgable in the spectrum of eating disorders. Clients include those with specific diagnosed disorders such as Anorexia Nervosa or Bulimia, but also those who realise that their eating habits are having an adverse affect on their lives.
I also held the post of 'School Counsellor' at Colyton Grammar School in East Devon for several years. This involved working with young people aged 11-18years on a wide variety of issues.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Whilst I specialise in working with clients with Eating Disorders, the reasons behind eating patterns can range from bullying to low self esteem, with many others in between. It is vital therefore that I am knowledgeable and trained in many other areas too.
For any additional information please refer to www.eatingdisordersdevon.co.uk