Qualifications, Experience and how i work
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
Carl R. Rogers
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and began my training at South Thames College where I learned the basic active listening skills which are the necessary grounding of a good counsellor. I then studied Sociology with the open university before moving on to do my core training, which was a integrative counselling degree BSC (hons) at Roehampton university.
My degree with Roehampton was a practise based program that combined psycho-dynamic, existential and person centred theoretical approaches. I believe this integrative approach to counselling helps me work in a less rigid way and allows the therapeutic relationship to grow in a way that best suits the needs of the client.
I see each person as an individual and the therapeutic approach is built around the client. Counselling is a joint venture so we work together to
build a healing therapeutic environment. throughout the process I allow room for the client to bring there true-self and we can check in honestly whats happening, whats working and whats not.
I have experience working with people with a wide range of presenting issues and from all walks of life. As well as my private practise i have worked in a general low cost counselling service, a Bereavement service, provided counselling within a prison and facilitated therapy groups and offered counselling in a psychosis rehabilitation service
On top of my core counselling training I continue to develop professionally, I have done various training's including working with complex trauma, mindfulness, working at relational depth, abuse, supervision and managing risk. I continue to learn and grow and stay relevant within the counselling world.
I partake in regular supervision with a fully qualified highly experienced supervisor.
I am a registered member of the British association of counsellors and psychotherapists (BACP). I abide by there ethical code and am answerable to there complaints procedure. To become a registered BACP member you must pass there certificate of proficiency and maintain a consistent record of professional development.
My personal development is important to me so i have regular personal therapy.