I am an Integrative Counsellor and Supervisor and I see clients and Supervisees in person in my room in Welwyn village, or online via Zoom or on the telephone. I work by establishing a good therapeutic relationship with my clients that is built on trust. I encourage my clients to reflect on their behaviour and their emotional responses, helping them to better understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviour.
I help my clients to challenge negative thought patterns and develop strategies for coping with difficult situations and the feelings these evoke.
Currently I see clients in Welywn at Welywn Counselling which is based at the Welywn Chiropractic clinic. As an Integrative Counsellor I draw upon various Counselling traditions and methods, combining them in a way that best suits the individual needs of my clients.
I came originally from a teaching background and worked in Primary Education as a class teacher and Special Needs Co-ordinator for almost 20 years. Whilst working as a special need advisory teacher I became much more interested in how best to support individual learners on a 1:1 basis.
My focus has always been on how to help individuals reach their own personal potential, not just educationally but more broadly in their whole life. This led me to become more interested in supporting others in being the best that they can be in their relationship with themselves and others. I believe that we all strive for personal happiness and wholeness and 1:1 Counselling can provide a unique opportunity for supporting this, particularly when we become stuck or find ourselves dealing with difficult circumstances and emotions.
Training, qualifications & experience
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Care Confidential Crisis Pregnancy training
The Cruse Bereavement Awareness Foundation Course
BPS Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Diploma in Integrative Supervision
I worked in Letchworth as a Counsellor for a number of years at what was the Letchworth Counselling Centre and is now Local Counselling Centre - Letchworth. I now have a private practice and also work as a Supervisor for Hitchin Counselling Service.
I regularly attend Continued Professional Development training sessions.
In the last year I have attended Seminars on Attachment, complex trauma, Dissociative Disorders and The Rewind technique.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am also a member of the Network of Christian Counsellors in Hertfordshire and my details can be found on their website. www.hertschristiancounsellors.co.uk.
As well as my work as a Counsellor I work in various voluntary roles at Christchurch Baptist in W.G.C. where I manage a Drop-In service for the local community working in conjunction with Citizens Advice and a local Food Bank.