The late Maya Angelou said ’You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.’ It's a comforting theory and I agree that we do have choices to make in how we respond to life's events - however I also know how difficult it can be to figure out things out by oneself.
To help people do that figuring out, work through any struggles and/or get more connected with their own sense of personal power, self-worth and self-compassion, I offer one to one counselling as well as personal development coaching in groups or individually - incorporating the Person Centred Approach, therapeutic creative action methods and the Daring Way™ curriculum: Daring Greatly, Rising Strong and The Gifts of Imperfection
You might know what is causing you concern or you might be someone who thinks that in fact, nothing extreme has happened to you, that you have a lot to be grateful for and yet, you just feel ‘blah’ too much of the time and can’t put your finger on why.
Although I have experience with a wide variety of issues through a previous role as a telephone counsellor and a small private practice, I never presume to know anyone better than they know themselves. In my sessions I aim to offer a respectful and accepting environment and remain curious and to engage with every individual client in a way that best supports them to share and explore their story.
A bit of background on me:
Having been on the planet a fair while, I also bring to my role of counsellor a decent amount of what seems to be known as ‘life experience’. My previous careers include working in Paris as an au pair, teaching English as a second language, being a boutique shoe shop assistant, a data entry worker and most recently a television producer.
I've been known to describe myself as having Scottish and Austrian DNA with Antipodean ENA * (which is really just a fancy way of saying that I was born and raised in New Zealand to immigrant parents!) *Environmentally Nurtured Attitude/Accent!
Finally, I myself enter into counselling and psychotherapy from time to time as I am a firm believer that just as there is value in finding a physical regime to maintain a resilient body, so there is in undertaking some emotional 'working out' to build a resilient mind and spirit.
Training, qualifications & experience
A registered member of the BACP I am trained in the Person-Centred Approach with a PG Diploma in Counselling from Strathclyde where the counsellor aims to nurture each client’s sense of personal power. I abide by the BACP’s ethical framework which includes regular supervision.
I am also a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator which is a methodology based on the research of Dr Brené Brown. It covers themes such as worthiness, belonging, shame, vulnerability and emotional resilience which can be a really helpful starting point of exploration. Learn more here: http://thedaringway.com/about/ This can be incorporated into person centred counselling sessions or offered as an 8 week personal development course - in groups, pairs or individually.
I have also studied with the Northern School of Psychodrama - developing my psychotherapeutic skills and training in the use of creative action methods to assist in the development of self-awareness and individual growth.
Group facilitation is also a passion of mine and I have trained in Person-Centred Group Facilitation and am in the process of achieving a Certificate in Gestalt Group Facilitation from The Gestalt Centre in London.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
My standard fee is £45 per 50 minute session. Concessions may be available by negotiation.
From personal experience I know that finding a helping professional who feels like a good fit can be a bit hit and miss so - and it can take some working out. For me collaboration is key, so by all means, contact me if you would like to organise an initial 20 minute phone or Skype call to discuss your situation and see if you feel we could work together.
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