Hello and how nice to meet you!
Why did I choose to work as a counsellor?
I have always been interested in people and why they think the way they think and why they do the things they do. Having made many mistakes myself and repeated self-defeating patterns, I embarked on my first counselling course and studied an OCR certificate in Counselling which was awarded to me in June 2007.
Intrigued and fascinated by the subject, by people, their behaviour and myself, I continued to the next stage of training, which was Ulster University Diploma in Counselling (with Distinction) and saw my first client in 2008.
I qualified as an Integrative counsellor in 2010. As an integrative practitioner, I use a range of theories and techniques to meet the needs of clients, with a range of issues, across the lifespan. I have a particular interest in working with children and creatively with adults.
Training, qualifications & experience
As well as holding a Certificate and Diploma in Counselling, I have completed training in creative techniques as well as a Level 5 in CBT (2011) & Level 6 (2018) in Supervision.
I also hold a Degree in Early Childhood Education. This degree provided me with a sound knowledge of development psychology which has provided me with a lens to view clients under. I am qualified to postgraduate level.
My interest in Counselling was ignited whilst working for NSPCC (2002-2012) and it will come as no surprise that my counselling placements were carried out in schools. Having completed the Diploma in Counselling, I continued my counselling practice in schools as well as joining Contact Youth and Lifeline from 2010- 2017. Here I gained much experience in working with clients who were affected by many psychological difficulties including self harm and suicidality. During this time I spent some time in America Studying Risk assessment models, behavioural techniques in the de-escalation of intrusive thoughts and techniques in DBT.
I have also work on the Self Harm Intervention Programme with both New Life Counselling and Inspire.
As a Lecturer at NRC on various counselling Programmes and I am qualified to Post Graduate level. Teaching on these courses keeps me abreast on current research and changes in this ever evolving subject.
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
Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm- 4pm
Friday 9am - 5pm