Finding The Best Fit For You
Recognising that we need support to identify and effect change is the first challenge on our journey; finding an effective counsellor is the second. With so many modalities and so many counsellors to choose from, how do we know who can I trust to help me?
I am educated to degree level and my qualifications include:
My training has been completed over 4 years, requiring attendance in person for this duration. I am also a registered Pilates teacher and believe in the interconnectedness of mind and body for overall wellbeing; we cannot enjoy one without the other.
My counselling experience began at a domestic abuse charity where I was given the opportunity to work with clients who had experienced many different forms of abuse. Together, we worked through a wide range of difficulties, including low self-worth, shame, trauma, anxiety, loss of confidence, distorted identity, stress and personality disorder. Currently I am a volunteer counsellor at a local hospice, where again, many issues come into the counselling room. While bereavement and loss are major features of the work it is often the case that other issues arise and are addressed during the course of the therapy, such as relationship difficulties, depression and anger.
Loss is a central part of the human condition, not just from bereavement but in many, often more subtle ways: loss of confidence, direction, identity, hope, trust. Working confidently and skilfully with issues surrounding loss is important to me because when we are seeking change, we are inevitably also contemplating loss.
I am committed to to the highest professional standards so that I can deliver you the best quality counselling. This includes dedicated continuous professional development over and above what is recommended by the BACP. I regularly attending seminars, conferences and training sessions to keep my knowledge and practice updated, ensuring I can offer you the most effective interventions. Since qualifying I have undertaken additional training in complex trauma, Polyvagal Theory, anxiety and IFS (internal family systems). If your presenting issue is beyond my competence, training or expertise, I have a professional referral process enabling you to access the appropriate support quickly.
I am fully insured and am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP); abiding by their strict ethical code of conduct at all times. I am committed to raising standards within the profession and campaign for increased regulation so that clients can be assured that they are working with a suitably qualified and competent professional.
DBS checked. References and training credentials available on request.