Qualifications and Approach
I originally trained as a Relate Counsellor and I am a Relate Certified Counsellor.
I also have:
an M.A. degree in Relationship Therapy (BACP accredited course) and
a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Psychology
I am a registered member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a graduate member of the BPS (British Psychological Society).
As a Relate counsellor and a member of BACP, I attend a number of Continuing Professional Development courses each year for personal development and to update and improve my counselling and psychotherapy knowledge and practice.
I am fully insured to practice as a counsellor.
As a requirement for any professional counsellor, I have regular supervision of my practice according to BACP and Relate requirements.
I work to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice of BACP.
What type of Counselling do I practice?
I have been trained to work in an integrative way and have developed a personal model of counselling incorporating the Relate integrative approach.
This combination includes:
Person Centred Counselling;
Psychodynamic and Systemic Approaches;
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Coaching.
This means that I would be working with you to explore the influence of the past on your life and current problems, the impact of your interpersonal contacts (including family, friends, and others), and your hopes for your preferred future. I also work with the "stories" that we all construct about our lives - the story of now, of the past, and of the preferred future.
In recent years, I have incorporated Mindfulness practices into my counselling practice. Briefly, Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment and accepting it without judgement. It is particularly beneficial in working with "difficult" emotions. It has benefits at a mental, emotional, physical and general well being levels. Where appropriate, I can also use cognitive-behavioural techniques and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) techniques to help you reframe and reform your ways of thinking.
My work with you would be conducted in a confidential, sensitive, non-judgemental, and collaborative manner. We would agree on the areas that you wanted to work on and review these as the counselling progresses.