My practice is based on the belief that everyone has the right to contentment. I offer support, warmth and space to explore what this means to you, safely and without judgement.
I have been a counsellor since 2003 and practice as a Person-Centred Integrative Therapist. Being integrative means different models of Counselling may be used, so it is not a one size fits all approach. Models of counselling I may include for example are CBT, Gestalt, TA, and Play.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) www.bacp.co.uk, hence, I embrace their ethical framework
My experience of working with people is varied across age, gender, and ethnicity etc. and spans over a 20-year career. In 2013, I extended my existing part-time Private Practice to full-time, as a result, my client repertoire has expanded immensely. My private clients are from all walks of life, for example, services personnel, local business owners, executives, local artists, new mums, and many more.
Various organisations, namely, Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SoBS), Meningitis Now and RedArc have employed me to see clients and employees of theirs. Consequently, I remain an Associate Counsellor for all organisations.
In December 2011 I trained to be an Adoption Counsellor with Barnardos/LINK, therefore, I offer Therapeutic Adoption Counselling as per the Children’s Act 2005. The law requires anyone offering Adoption Related Counselling to have completed the training and be registered with an Adoption Agency. My certificate is renewed every 3 years, once I have met the agency requirement and also includes a current CRB check. You can find out more about Adoption Related Counselling here.
My last paid employment was as a Young Peoples Counsellor for a local Rape Crisis Charity. Prior to that, I spent some time working for a Domestic Abuse Charity. In that role, I delivered a group work program, working collegially with schools and youth offending teams.
For a couple of years, I volunteered as a Counsellor at a local Cancer charity. I offered longer-term counselling to adults and young people whose lives had been touched by this dreadful disease. Clients, in this instance, were a mix of survivors, family and friends. I also completed 12 months as a Winchester University Counsellor, providing short-term counselling to staff and students. Before that, I worked at a GP surgery offering time-limited Counselling.
I have an in-depth knowledge of working with survivors of abuse for instance, sexual, emotional, physical and financial. This was gained from several years working at relating charities such as Forte Alice. Abuse also featured highly in my employment at social services where my client group was young people, both leaving care and those rendered homeless.
Other employment includes 3 years as an Employee Assistance Programme Telephone Counsellor. I worked daily with employees, often in personal crisis, after all, life doesn’t stop just because you have gone into work! This role included being the first point of contact for dealing with any traumatic incidents that happened in the workplace.
Continued Personal Development is a requirement by BACP so each year I attend conferences and training relevant to my role such as some of those listed below:-
- EMDR Introduction
- Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
- Intro to Mentalization
- Intro to DBT
- It’s not me It’s My OCD
- Understanding and Intervening in Suicide
- Domestic Violence and the Impact on The Child
- Recognising and Responding to Domestic Violence
- Counselling Couples Intro
- College How to Lift Low Self Esteem
- Working Together in Child Protection
- Drugs and Alcohol awareness
- Boundaries & Communication
- Eating Disorders awareness
For more about Counselling see here or you may wish to visit my Counselling Issues page.