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I have a Private Counselling & Counselling Supervision Practice.
For many years I have supported young people and adults as individuals in a one-to-one setting, couples and groups. The experience and education I gained give me a solid foundation for the support I provide.
I am a humanistic therapist/ supervisor and unconditionally accept my client. I work in a non-directive way and facilitate an environment within which clients can safely explore issues, that impact on their lives
My experience enables me to work creatively, cross-culturally and inclusively with individuals from all walks of life often, when appropriate using art as a communication tool.
I am a fully registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am on the accredited voluntary register (046500)
I hold a current DBS check and Indemnity Insurance.
As a Supervisor, I ‘hold’ the supervisee and accept the unknown and the unexpected. Supervision should provide greater insight for the supervisee (and possible supervisor), which in turn enables their clients to gain greater insight for themselves.
In my supervision practice, I am non-directive, as directing a supervisee would be in contradiction with accepting and respecting their ability to make autonomous decisions.
It is the supervisee who 'brings the agenda'.
On the other hand, it is important to, where appropriate take authority, in a respectful and accepting way, because a balance between an authoritative and a facilitative stance makes effective supervision.
Taking authority should not be confused with being authoritarian, which has no place in supervision.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling, a Diploma in Counselling Supervision and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Post Graduate Diploma in Career Guidance, a BA in Applied Art and a Doctoral in Cultural Anthropology.
I worked for many years with young people and adults, in schools and the community, using art as a communication tool addressing issues like anxiety, depression, bullying, stereotyping, discrimination, inclusion, drug & alcohol misuse, etc.
As a qualified counsellor, I worked for several years in an FE college as a College Counsellor and a Counselling Lecturer. From 2011 I ran my Private Counselling Practice, created and managed my own counselling training organisation in Liverpool and taught counselling.
Since 2019, I moved to South West Wales and run a successful private counselling practice there.
Over the years I have worked in various settings supporting people in learning to accept themselves and allow themselves to ask for what they need.
I gained specific experience in bereavement and trauma counselling. However, the issues people have brought to the counselling sessions are often related to other issues and therefore my experience in counselling reaches far beyond those two specific subjects.
Bereavement counselling involves supporting people to cope with death but really any kind of loss like the loss of health; hope; physical ability; a relationship etc
Through my experience with and specific training in bereavement counselling, I gained insight and skills which enabled me to support individuals in their understanding of the grieving process, the exploration of feelings and reactions and support individuals while they are working through their loss and ‘give it a place’.
Trauma can involve a sudden event (assault, accident, death etc.) or can develop over a longer period of time and is referred to as chronic trauma (e.g. ) sexual or mental abuse)
The counselling experience I gained over the years has involved
BEREAVEMENT & LOSS; UNEMPLOYMENT/ REDUNDANCY; DOMESTIC VIOLENCE; RAPE & SEXUAL ABUSE; ADDICTION; DRUG & ALCOHOL MISUSE; SELF HARM; ANXIETY; DEPRESSION; PHOBIAS; OCD; ANGER & CONFLICT MANAGEMENT; RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING; HARASSMENT/ BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE.
Training & Qualifications:
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling (Chester University)
Person-Centred Expressive Art Training
Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision
Certificate of Proficiency
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate Loss & Bereavement
Coaching skills for therapists and counsellors
Certificate Rape & Sexual Abuse
Level 4 Learning Development and Support Services
Post Graduate Diploma Career Guidance Level 4 Learning Development and Support Services Level 4 Diploma in Management
BA Applied Art: Textiles. (Liverpool University)
Doctoral Cultural Anthropology (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
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
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Free First Consultation for Counselling and Counselling Supervision
1 hour Counselling Session £40 (Concessions £30)
NB Counselling occurs typically weekly. In my experience, however, clients sometimes prefer, for whatever reason, to attend fortnightly. It is perfectly fine to facilitate a beneficial therapeutic relationship for clients who prefer to attend every other week.
1 1/2 hour Individual Supervision £60 (Concessions £40)
1 hour Individual Supervision £40 (Concessions £25)
2 hour Group Supervision (minimum 4 members) £20 per person
When I work
Monday to Wednesday: Between 9 and 6 PM
LOSS & BEREAVEMENT COUNSELING
WHAT I CAN OFFER?
I can offer you professional support in coping with death and any kind of loss. Through my experience with and specific training in bereavement counselling I gained insight and skills which enables me to support individuals in their understanding of the grieving process, the exploration of feelings and reactions and support individuals while they are working through their loss and ‘give it a place’.
LOSS & BEREAVEMENT
Loss can involve:
- The death of a family member, a relative, a close friend, a pet, etc.
Loss can also involve:
- Losing independence (becoming a partner, a parent, gaining a sibling, losing a job, etc.)
- Moving House/ County/Country
- Leaving a parental home
- Losing a Limb
- Losing Freedom
- Losing Health
- Losing Physical Abilities
- Experiencing Disfigurement; Abortion; Retirement; Redundancy;
imprisonment; Infertility; Rape
- Losing Dreams, Expectations, Safety.
As individuals, we are exposed to different experiences from birth, which we deal with in our own individual way. For that reason ‘the grieving process' is an individual process, which has no set content or length.
THE GRIEVING PROCESS
During a grieving process, you might feel immobilised, stunned or shocked. You cannot believe it has actually happened even if what has happened was expected.
This stage can last for hours, days, weeks, months, years.
The (physical or mental) pain experienced during the grieving process can be unbearable but it is important to work your way through whatever pain you are feeling.
E.g. a death, might cause you to look for the deceased everywhere. You might feel the need to carry/ collect belongings of the deceased or the opposite and remove all reminders of the deceased. You might experience a yearning. You might hallucinate or be angry. You might feel depressed guilty or anxious. You might lose your appetite, suffer from insomnia or selfharm.
After the innitial intense feelings of any loss have diminished, a period of aimlessness, apathy, and/ or lack of motivation can announce itself. Reality is kicking in. At this stage, it is important to try and work through it however painful this is and search of a new reality and internalise it.
Sometimes individuals hold on to the past because the loss they experience is too painful for them.
Sometimes people had an ambivalent relationship with a loss, which can create anger or guilt. E.g. in the case of suicide, which is often looked upon as socially unacceptable, feelings of shame and loss of self-esteem can occur.
Some people hardly grieve at all. It might be that this is just the way they deal with loss. It might, however, also be that they repress their feelings because they feel the pain is too much. This might result in suffering from physical symptoms such as a tight chest, dizzy spells, breathing problems, etc.
Sometimes the problem is that the loss is not seen as a 'proper' bereavement. This might happen e.g. for those who have had a miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, etc.