About Me

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“No Longer a Square Peg, I’m a Counsellor!”

Before counselling I followed a mostly administrative career ending with a long spell in Local Government.  I always felt like the proverbial square peg and no matter how much I tried, I never felt I belonged there.  My interests lay much more in helping people and ‘doing’ than with counting and reporting!  Over the years I spent a lot of time in various volunteering roles which showed me without any doubt that I love working with people.  Volunteering helped my confidence and self-esteem and led me to a range of my own personal development opportunities and counselling training was a natural progression.  I still remember the sudden realisation that what I was doing felt really right for me.  I was surprised and delighted to feel like I was in the right role, I loved what I was doing and I was doing well.  No longer a square peg, I’m a counsellor!

My core training and the foundation to my approach is in Person Centred therapy.  I truly believe that we all have within us the resources to overcome our struggles and to find our own way through them.  Counselling can help to facilitate that change.   I place a great deal of value and importance on the trusting relationship between myself and my clients as I believe it is a crucial element of successful and beneficial therapy.  Counselling is a confidential, safe place to explore real, inner feelings and experiment with new thinking in order to find the right way forward.  It is a unique experience for each individual.

Since qualifying , I have followed a wide range of training and CPD courses and added to my skills and knowledge and I now work integratively, meaning I tailor my approach to suit each individual client’s needs, by drawing on a variety of models and counselling tools.

Throughout my counselling career I worked for several years in the voluntary and community sector where I was able to put my administrative and project management skills to good use, as well as providing volunteer counselling and later, clinical supervision too.

I now work providing voluntary and sessional counselling and supervision services to various organisations, and developing my private practice.

 

Professional Registration & Insurance

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and currently working towards Accreditation.  I hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate, Professional Liability Insurance and I manage all information within the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998.

 

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Counselling Supervision
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching
  • Certificate in Post Critical Incident Emotional Support
  • Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills & Theory

 

CPD Training

As a professional, practising counsellor it is essential to keep skills and knowledge up to date and to continue learning.  As a member of the BACP and working within the BACP Ethical Framework I undertake a minimum of 30 hours of CPD activity every year.  Activities include short (1 day) and longer term (up to 6 weeks) certified courses, presentations, workshops.  There are too many to list individually but they broadly fall into the categories below.  (I hold certificates of attendance for all activities).

  • Counselling Young People
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Safeguarding Children
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Bereavement, loss and grief
  • Carer Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Counselling Children and Young People
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual Issues
  • Psychodynamic Thought
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Personal Development – Self Awareness
  • Procrastination
  • Emotional Freedom Technique
  • Personal Safety & Handling Abusive Behaviour