qualifications and experience
Counselling can either be long-term taking place over several months (or years) or short-term lasting for just a few weeks depending on your needs. I integrate methods from several different therapeutic approaches and offer my clients appropriate professional care in a safe, supportive and confidential setting. I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (B.A.C.P.) and so I practice according to their Ethical Code which can be found on their website at www.bacp.co.uk. I am fully insured and have monthly clinical supervision to ensure that my practice remains safe, effective and ethical.
My initial qualification is a (person-centred) Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling which means that I respect you and your knowledge of what is best for you. My work is client-led which means that it always focuses on your agenda, proceeding at your pace in the direction that you choose.
I trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Bangor University and I teach the 8-week mindfulness course to groups and individual clients. I also use mindfulness with individual counselling clients where it can be used to target particular issues, e.g. claustrophobia, panic attacks, chronic pain, depression or anxiety. I continued my training in mindfulness with the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, established by Jon Kabat-Zinn in 1978.
I began supervising with Cruse Bereavement Care in 2015. In 2018 I completed a PG Cert in supervision at the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) in Bath, and I also undertook specialist training in couple counselling with the Counselling Academy. I am committed to continual training and lifelong learning as an integral part of my counselling practice.
“If we do not change our direction we are likely to end up where we are headed for”
– Chinese proverb