I provide a non-judgmental, empathic, supportive space where clients can open up and feel safe and be heard. Whilst counselling can help clients to process deep, difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, I believe that therapy can also focus on the potential of my clients.
I am an Integrative Therapist who uses the best approaches to suit the issues that clients may bring into the therapy room. I provide a non-judgmental, empathic, supportive space where clients can open up and feel safe and be heard. Whilst counselling can help clients to process deep, difficult or painful thoughts and feelings, I believe that therapy can also focus on the potential of my clients. I work in an integrative way with them to identify and draw on their inner resources to live a fuller, more satisfying life.
I use the best technique for each person, this could be CBT to help clients identify patterns in their thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a view to enabling them to better and more positively manage moving forward in challenging situations. Another method I use is the psychodynamic approach which helps individuals to link their past experiences to their current actions and ways of relating to people and situations. This equips them with the tools to understand how to alter or adapt their feelings and interpersonal relationships for more positive life experiences. At times, I may use a person-centred model which continuously displays unconditional positive regard for individual situations and experiences, through the display of warmth and empathy this can give individuals the confidence to open up and look deeper into themselves without the concern of shame or judgement. This can also assist individuals to develop and maintain relationships in a healthier way and to help them balance and maintain a positive mental health equilibrium. I also place importance on mindfulness to help tame anxious responses.
My experience includes working within addiction and substance misuse which means I have worked with a vast client group made up of a diverse set of individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds, all of whom found themselves using substance for differing reasons. I have also worked for many years in education helping young people to manage their emotional and behavioural difficulties. I understand the pressures people impose upon themselves which can lead to unhelpful or damaging coping strategies. I work to identify healthier ways of managing and have experience in a wide range of issues including conflict resolution.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of the BACP and am fully qualified in counselling, psychotherapy and CBT. My experience includes addiction/substance misuse; I have worked with a vast client group of diverse individuals from varying cultures and backgrounds, all of whom found themselves using substance for differing reasons. I have also worked for many years in education helping young people manage their emotional and behavioural difficulties.
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
Saturday mornings for face-to-face Variable for online or telephone