I am an experienced counsellor working in central Cheltenham, and offer short term and open ended counselling to individuals and to couples. I trained as a Person Centred Counsellor/Therapist at the University of Strathclyde under the professorship of Dave Mearns, and although I now integrate other counselling models into my practice, the Person Centred principles of counselling continue to form the foundation for my work with clients. I am also a trained EMDR Practitioner.
A Person Centred therapist is trained to offer their client the core conditions of empathy, congruence and unconditional positive regard. This means that when we work together you will feel truly heard and understood, that our relationship is genuine and honest and that you are not being judged. You will feel safe to explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to become confident in your value, thereby living a healthier and more fulfilling existence.
I also supervise other counsellors and have an advanced diploma in Counselling Supervision awarded by the National Counselling Society.
I am accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I adhere to their ethics. I am also on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I have also worked as a counselling lecturer at Stroud College and the Central College of Commerce in Glasgow.
I have a particular interest in working with people who are concerned about their relationship with food.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision
MA (with merit) Working with people with eating disorders
Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
EMDR Training certified by Richman EMDR Training London
I have a Masters Degree in working with people with eating disorders which I studied for at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and was awarded by the University of East London.
I studied for my Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling at the University of Strathclyde and spent my formative years as a counsellor working in Glasgow. As well as working in mental health projects in deprived areas of the city, I also worked for agencies whose clients are affected by diagnoses of cancer and for the counselling service at the University of Strathclyde. I then worked for the Priory clinic in Glasgow for three years as an individual and group therapist, and lectured in counselling at the College of Commerce.
I have since worked for an organisation in Stroud whose clients present with a range of diagnoses including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, self harming and personality disorders.
I have also undertaken additional training in CBT and in Solution Focused Therapy.
Prior to becoming a counsellor I spent many years working for a large corporate organisation in different roles. This has given me a valuable understanding of work related issues.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Eating Disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS)