About me

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Training.

  • BSc (Hons) Humanistic and Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy – The Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute, Nottingham. (in partnership with Coventry University and accredited by the BACP).
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills – Sutton Coldfield College
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies – Birmingham Metropolitan College.

Additional Information.

I am a BACP registered counsellor /psychotherapist. I think it is important for you as the client to know that I have appropriate training and that I am a member of a recognised professional organisation.

As a registered member of the BACP I participate in regular Continued Professional Development. (C.P.D.) I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also have regular supervision from another counsellor, to ensure that I am working in an ethical manner.

My training has been in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling.                                               My humanistic training means that I think people have an innate potential for change and growth which continues throughout their life. This forms the basis of how counselling can help you – whatever stage you are at in life, there is always the potential for change.       The integrative part of my training incorporates developmental theory. This means that it may be that issues from your past, either in childhood or adult life may be affecting how you feel or behave now.

There are many different types (modalities) of counselling and psychotherapy, but research has shown that it is the relationship between client and therapist which provides the environment for change or growth.

For many people, having counselling can be their first experience of feeling that they are truly listened to. As your counsellor, I will offer you space to express your feelings in a  non-judgmental and empathic environment.

Prior to training as a Counsellor, I worked as a Physiotherapist in the NHS, working with both adults and children with long – term physical disabilities such as Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy & Down’s Syndrome. I continue to have an interest in helping clients with the emotional consequences of such long-term illnesses or disabilities. For example, I have previously worked for a local charity, facilitating group counselling sessions for people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.) & Fibromyalgia..

Confidentiality.

Counselling sessions take place in a quiet, comfortable environment. Issues explored will be confidential, but there are certain limitations to this, for example in cases where information is disclosed which could indicate risk of harm to self or others. We will discuss this in more detail at the first appointment.

I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office for Data Protection.

Recent professional development training attended:

Transactional Analysis: Certificate in Transactional analysis (TA101) July 2014.
(United Kingdom Association for Transactional Analysis)

Psychotherapy of grief, mourning & loss. Nov 2014.
(U.K. Relational Psychotherapy Association. – Richard Erskine. PhD. )

Relational and Integrative Psychotherapy workshop. June 2015.
(U.K. Relational Psychotherapy Association. – Richard Erskine. PhD. )

Professional training in the therapeutic use of Mindfulness. June 2015.
(British Mindfulness Institute.)

Dreams, fantasies and illusions. Feb 2016.
(U.K. Relational Psychotherapy Association – Richard Erskine. PhD.)

Developmental attunement, Relational needs and Therapeutic presence. June 2016
(N-Science, London – Richard Erskine. PhD.)

Post-Natal Anxiety and Depression. Sept 2016.
(N-Science, London – Dr Stella Acquarone)