Qualifications and training
Am I qualified?
I am a qualified experienced counsellor. I am also a member of the BACP (https://www.bacp.co.uk/) and I adhere to their Ethical Framework.
I work in a mainly Person-Centred way, but I also draw on other disciplines to meet your individual needs. Respect you as a unique individual is at the heart of my work. I work at your pace, looking at the areas that you want to consider. If this means that you wish to spend time looking back at events in your past this is your choice, likewise, it is also your choice if you want to focus on situations in your present or your future.
For our safety, I am insured, and I have a DBS check which is on the annual update scheme. I invest in my own development to keep my knowledge and skills up to date, and I have regular professional supervision for my work.
What is my professional experience?
In addition to having my own practice, I also work for a local organisation as a counsellor. In this role I specialise in working with people who have experienced domestic abuse. My previous counselling roles have also included working with male and female survivors of sexual abuse and those affected by loss, addiction, anxiety and depression.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I had several years’ experience working with people and using counselling skills. For 10 years I worked in the Criminal Justice System and used these skills with adults who were experiencing abuse, trauma, addiction, family difficulties, self-harm and anxiety.
I also had 8 years’ experience in Further Education as a support worker and teacher. During this time, I used counselling skills to support young people and adults to meet their educational and pastoral needs. Working within all these environments has taught me the importance of not judging others and treating people with respect, care and dignity.