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 and currently provide counselling within a prison.
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 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 Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association( UPCA), which is an affiliate of the UK Council of Psychotherapy(UKCP) and abide by their ethical guidelines. The UPCA holds an independent national register. Practitioners on this register are counsellors who have trained to a UKCP recognised standard and are competent to practice to the highest standards of counselling.
My personal development is important to me so i have regular personal therapy.