I have over 20 years of experience working within the Health & Social Care and Educational sectors, this has given me a wealth of understanding of a variety of barriers that are experienced in everyday life. I have worked with clients who have struggled with Social Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, BPD/EUPD, Eating Disorders, Abuse and Self-Harm. I have also supported clients through life changes, employment colleague abuse, stress, relationship struggles, historic physical abuse, loss & grief, control & coercion (parent and partner), separation, low self-esteem and low self-confidence.
Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) Foundation Degree.
Level 4 Certificate Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector
Level 3 National Diploma in Science (Health Studies)
Level 3 National Diploma in Childcare & Education
Rewind Therapy for Trauma Treatment - Dr David Muss
Asist Practitioner - Applied Suicide Intervention
CPD Courses 2019/2020
Moving Your Practice Online (9Hrs CPD)
Goals in Therapy - Actualising our Deepest Directions - Mick Cooper
GDPR - Data Protection
Safeguarding Adults - Levels 1 and 2
Domestic Abuse & Intimate Partner Violence
I am proud to be a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy), Membership Number: 00929731, which binds me to adhere to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. These Ethical Guidelines can be viewed on the BACP website but includes:
Ethics - Values, Principles & Person Moral Qualities
Good Practice - Putting clients first, Working to professional standards, Respect, Building an appropriate relationship, Breaks and endings, Integrity, Accountability and candour, Confidentiality, Working with colleagues and in teams, Supervision, Training and education, Research, Care of self as a practitioner and Responding to ethical dilemmas and issues.
I am also a proud Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society, Membership Number: NCS20-01588, whose values are; integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork. The NCS Accreditation register ensures members of the public accessing counselling can feel:
Confident that the person they see is competent and trustworthy.
That NCS can take action to protect them from risk.
That NCS work together to improve standards for the benefit of the client.
The relationship between counsellor and client is paramount in the therapeutic process, we will achieve this by being open and honest, non-judgemental and understanding. Building a deep understanding of what is important to you and where you may feel overwhelmed or distressed is essential to empowering you to find a way forward.
I will use your verbal and non-verbal language cues to gain knowledge of what you say, do and how you feel, sometimes these will be different and I will let you know when I notice this so it can be discussed. I will question, I will challenge and sometimes you may feel a little uncomfortable and become emotional, either within the counselling setting or later outside.
I will notice patterns of behaviour or language that you may not have noticed in yourself or only notice when I repeat back your words and summarise.You will be given the space to reflect on these learnings, make choices and decisions that will give you back the feeling of control in your life.
Within the counselling session there can be talking, silence, laughter, tears, and smiles as well as many frowns. You may feel an array of feelings including sadness, frustration, pride, love, anger and shame, but I will be with you, alongside you, supporting you, so you are never alone. I will share your burdens, so they will not feel so heavy. This whole process will help you to gain peace and understanding within yourself for your past, present and future.