I am a BACP Senior Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist, with a Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma and MSc in Counselling. I offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists using an integrative approach, based on Hawkins and Shohet 7 Eyed Model, with a particular focus on the humanistic and transpersonal modalities. I have supervised counsellors for over fifteen years in my private practice and within training settings. I have worked as a counselling trainer and lecturer in FE, HE and private educational settings delivering training from a basic introductory course through to Foundation Degree level. In these settings I have delivered lectures on all areas of counselling, along with running personal development groups. I have also worked in Professional Standards at the BACP, and as the Level 4 Qualification Lead at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body, along with working as an assessor on many levels of qualification offered by that particular awarding body, gaining a deep understanding of those particular training programmes. As a result of my work within the field of training, I have a good understanding of the demands placed on trainees, and those beginning in private practice and also those who are working as counselling trainers.
I have attended training in supervision with Robin Shohet, Derby University and with CTSD (The Centre for Supervision Training and Development) in Bath. I work primarily with an integrative relationship model of supervision based on Hawkins and Shohet 7 eyed model. My focus is on supporting the supervisee to work safely and ethically with their clients, working within their limits of proficiency, whilst also attending to the needs of the supervisee and their ongoing development, seeing my role as partly supporting the supervisee to achieve their own potential within the profession. To do this I recognise the importance of the relationship within the work and I offer a safe, nurturing, non judgemental space, allowing supervisees to be open and honest in all the material they bring to their sessions. I bring to supervision not only my own experience of working with a diverse range of clients in different settings (GP practice, an agency working with eating disorders, working with young people in a FE setting) but also my experience as a trainer and assessor. I have continued with ongoing CPD, including attending a one day workshop with Christiane Sanderson on working with domestic abuse, another with Nick Duffell on working with boarding school survivors and completing Babette Rothschild's one year training on working with trauma and PTSD. I have also attended more recently training with Dr Janine Fisher and her Structural Dissociation model. In 2019 I attended the first annual conference on pluralistic theory at Roehampton University. Alongside this I have a background in paganism, particularly Shamanism and Druidry, and other areas of alternative spirituality. I have a particular interest in the connection between body, mind and spirit, the shamanic understanding of mental ill health, and continue to study and write on these areas. To date I have articles published on counselling training and on prayer and in December 2019 my first book was published, co-authored with ex colleagues, 'A Student's Guide to Therapeutic Counselling', a text book for counselling students at Diploma level upwards.
Please note I do not supervise work with children and young people. I only offer supervision to those therapists who work primarily face to face and not online.
Mentoring and private tutoring also available.
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.
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