Having worked as a counsellor for the Prison Service, Higher Education and Charity sectors I am a widely experienced humanistic counsellor. My down to earth yet professional approach can enable people to feel comfortable with exploring their difficulties. Drawing attention to the mind and body, I facilitate communication through words, imagery and physical sensations. This often leads to a wider personal understanding, feeling more at ease and a natural shift towards new ways of interacting with day to day life.
My Therapeutic Approach
My core practice is in the Person Centred Approach which is powerful because it gives us the opportunity to be heard and to explore difficulties in a safe and non-judgemental space. I also undertake a breadth of on-going training, personal reading and research from a range of therapeutic backgrounds which will inevitably influence and enhance my practice. Most notably from the Gestalt therapy perspective which can offer valuable ways of supportively challenging ourselves.
What I find most significant in my work is the quality of therapeutic relationship. I have a deep respect for the diversity of human experience as well as an active support for issues of social justice. These strong aspects of myself transpire into my way of being in the therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters in Clinical Counselling from The University of Chester. I have worked as a counsellor with adults and children in higher education, criminal justice and charity sectors. I have also held Mental Health advisory roles within the NHS.
I currently work both in private practice and for a local University. I have experience of both 1-1 counselling and facilitation of psycho-educational groups. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and as such I am guided by and work within their ethical framework.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.