At times in all our lives we reach a point where we know we need to make changes. We may be trying to realise a life ambition or struggling with issues like health, relationships, bereavement or work pressures, to name but a few. It may feel impossible to take the first step in bringing about these changes. At times like these a counsellor can help.
I am an integrative counsellor, drawing on a number of approaches to inform my knowledge and skills.I have 20 years experience working with clients ranging in age from 10 to 80 years. I work in an exploratory and collaborative way, drawing on the impact of the past on the present to affect change. I am focused and highly committed, backed by a wealth of experience and a solid body of knowledge. I am naturally friendly and open and connect easily with others. Feedback from my clients confirms this,stating how they feel safe and are able to trust me.
Experience has shown that being fully present with and listening to the individual needs of clients allows a greater possibility for change than a rigid framework does. You will feel heard and we will work together to help get the most out of your life, empowering you to make the changes you wish for. The process is neither formal or formulaic but rather a dynamic journey of discovery, accessing hidden potential and empowering the drive towards improvement.
Training, qualifications & experience
My training began in Ireland in 1996 at The Counselling & Psychotherapy Institute in Limerick where I qualified with a Certificate in Couselling Skills.This was a rich and inspiring course and I carried on with my training when I moved to Hereford in 1998.I achieved a BTEC Diploma in Intgrative Counselling in 2001.I began working as a counsellor In October of the same year and continued to do so up to and including the present day. Over the years I,ve enhanced my training by attending shorter courses to inform and help me with the wide range of problems I've encountered with my clients.These include courses relating to anxiety,depression,addiction,trauma, self harm, self-esteem and many others.In 2015 I graduated from South Wales University with a Post Graduate Diploma in Relational Integrative Counselling.This diploma brought my knowledge in line with up to the minute developments and research in the counselling field. In 2017 I qualified as a Systemic Family Practitioner from Exeter University. This training was prompted by conclusions gained in individual therapy with clients when the effects of the family dynamics invariably played a major role. I have found that family work can be very effective.
My initial experience was working with young people in schools,gp surgeries and in our counselling rooms.In 2004 I began work with the local drug and alcohol service and helping people with addiction and it's varied underlyng broad set of issues became the focus of my work for many years. I have also maintained a private practice during this time.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £40 a session with some spaces for reduced rates.
I work from rooms in Herford City Centre.