I am an experienced, qualified counsellor, and member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). You can find me on the BACP register (www.bacpregister.co.uk), and I abide by their code of ethics. I hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and a BSc (Hons) in Counselling.
My core counselling training is in Person-Centred therapy, which focuses on providing a safe, accepting, empathic and non-judgemental therapeutic environment. The BACP website has information which explains some various forms of therapy (http://www.bacp.co.uk/seeking_therapist/theoretical_approaches.php).
I also take influence from other humanistic therapies and from approaches such as therapeutic writing, creative therapies and Existential Therapy.
I have previously counselled within an NHS setting in a GP surgery and currently I see clients at a local hospice as a bereavement counsellor, as well working in private practice. I have also taught counselling from introductory level up to diploma level.
I have worked with a diverse range of client issues, such as depression, self-esteem issues, family and relationship problems, identity issues, bereavement and loss, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, abortion, anxiety and stress.
As a counsellor, professional development is something I take very seriously. I attend workshops, seminars and conferences in order to keep up to date and to expand my knowledge further.
For example: bereavement, grief and loss in young people, Existential Therapy, therapeutic writing, creative therapy, ‘Mental Health First Aid’.
I attend supervision regularly, in accordance with BACP guidelines and hold professional indemnity insurance.