My journey to become a counsellor began a number of years ago after a series of life changing events. I struggled to find the inner resources I needed to make sense of it all. After seeking the assistance of therapeutic practitioners their compassionate and non-judgemental expertise enabled me to explore my life experiences, develop insight and a deeper understanding of myself. This process harnessed my personal power and facilitated a fuller life, of which I carry with me today. This was and remains an inspiring experience from which my training began. For an in depth description of my approach, please see further information below.
How can counselling help?
People choose to have counselling as they are suffering some form of psychological distress, for a multitude of reasons:-
- Sometimes the reason is very specific e.g. a life changing event such as bereavement, broken relationship or trauma.
- Other times people don’t really know what is wrong but just have a sense they don’t feel “right” and want to get back to their old selves again.
- Sometimes people have struggled all their lives with overwhelming feelings and want to sort it out once and for all.
- Hearing your own voice aloud, sharing your thoughts and feelings with another human being with a genuine desire to understand, is in itself therapeutic.
- Together we can explore what brought you to therapy and as the process unfolds we can discover how your life experiences have brought you to this point.
- Rather like a jigsaw puzzle, it is possible to piece together your life experiences and recognise patterns in behaviour.
- Validation of your feelings can aid the healing process from unresolved internal conflict.
- Gaining insight and self-awareness brings greater understanding and choices.
- We can discover resources within you, you didn’t know you had and identify hidden obstacles you never knew were restricting you.
Therapy is not something the counsellor does to you, but like a lot of things, you will get out of it what you put in. For this reason, it is not a sign of weakness to seek counselling rather than an act of courage. Taking charge of your well-being is something to be proud of. It’s not a quick fix but depending on your objective and given adequate time can be extremely powerful.
- Stage 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP Accredited Course Programme Gold Book Standards)
- Level 4 Certificate Social Science (Open University)
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills (Life-Force Centre, Colchester)
- Reality Therapy Certification (William Glasser Institute UK)
- Working with Personality Disorder (The Haven, Colchester)Working with
- Dissociative Identity Disorder (First Plural Plus & Remy Aquarone)
- Childhood Abuse with Penny Parks (L.I.G.H.T)
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). As such I am bound in its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I attend monthly clinical supervision in accordance with the guidelines and requirements of BACP to maintain therapeutic standards of practice.
I hold an enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (DBS) disclosure certifying me as suitable for work with vulnerable adults and children.
I continue to further my training by attending workshops, seminars and Continued Professional Development courses.
T: 07866 511668