I am a qualified counselling psychotherapist who has extensive experience working with children, adolescents and adults.
Since 2003 I have successfully provided counselling psychotherapy in private practice and schools, working with individual clients and couples. The work could be both short or; longer term and this is something which is discussed and decided, as the therapeutic work progresses.
Where required I offer a free half hour introductory session, where we can meet and briefly look at what you might want to explore, at this stage there is no obligation to proceed. This allows both parties to decide whether they feel a positive working relationship could be established. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to arrange an appointment.
My belief is that people decide to engage in counselling psychotherapy generally because life has become difficult and/or they are looking for some help with personal/professional development. My service provides the confidential and supportive space to unpack and consider all aspects of these challenges in order to find your own way to solve the challenges.
My Approach to Therapy
The approach I prefer to use is integrative, which means that when I work with a client, I use a variety of approaches instead of just one model. The needs of my clients have a direct influence in the approach I my follow.
My approached is based on my belief that every individual is unique and therefore every client’s process is unique. I also believe that everyone has the ability to bring forth change in their life and to grow.
My theoretical approach is rooted in the person centred approach, which places a significant emphasis on the relationship between the counsellor and the client. This relationship is based on warmth, empathy and non-judgemental acceptance where you will be free to explore all thoughts and feelings without danger of rejection or condemnation. Alongside this, I believe change and growth can be made possible through the unlocking of past experiences and unconscious behaviours, as they occur in the counselling relationship. I also believe that childhood trauma can be held in the body and using Gestalt, as well as psychodynamic techniques, can be a very useful way of helping to deal with ‘stuck’ emotions.
My commitment to my client is to hold the therapeutic relationship throughout their process; I see this as the core element to the work. I will then build on this with other aspects of therapy, depending on what each client brings. This could mean exploring unconscious material, working with how a client relates to me, or introducing a more solution focused approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
My BACP accredited Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy was completed at the University of East London in 2006.
The clinical work I have done has been in a variety of therapeutic settings, including the voluntary sector, private practice and extensively in educational settings.
I have written and taught CPCAB accredited courses for adults studying counselling at Level 2, 3 and 4. During this process, I particularly enjoyed sharing the journey of those seeking to embark on a counselling career.
In order to stay abreast of current developments and research I engage in a number of professional and personal development activities which include reading relevant publications, participating in workshops and seminars, as well as membership of the BACP. My work is conducted within the ethical framework of the BACP, I attend regular clinical supervision with a registered supervisor and I hold appropriate insurance for my practice.
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
I am a qualified teacher who has enjoyed working across a wide range of ages and abilities including; Primary, Secondary and Special Educational Needs.
I have worked with staff in school settings, designing and delivering professional development to enhance their experiences of being in relationship with students and their professional peers. I have also worked closely with schools and Local Education Authorities to establish in-house counselling provision for young people still in full time education.
In my career I have worked extensively with primary aged children and those in secondary school, who are particularly struggling with their literacy, both reading and writing. This is an area, which if not addressed, quickly can have a negative impact on the rest of the student’s education. I have also worked extensively with students on the Autistic spectrum as well as those with ADD or ADHD. If the student has an ILP, an Individual Learning Plan in place, it can be very beneficial to incorporate these targets into their tutoring plan.
My belief is that learning should be a positive experience however; I fully recognise that this is not the case for many people. I enjoy finding ways of engaging all students in new ways of approaching their learning and seek to motivate them with positive reinforcements and achievable goals along the way.
Programmes are tailor made for each learner and can be undertaken for a short, or a longer term project. Sessions are often 1:1 but can be arranged for small groups if required.
References are available on request and I have DBS clearance.
Week days during the day and evenings.