Having experienced counselling sessions, as a client myself, I know that making the decision to contact a counsellor can be daunting. You may be unsure about talking about the difficulties you are experiencing, or perhaps, if this is to be your first experience of counselling, then the thought of talking to a complete stranger about your feelings might just feel a little odd at first. Therefore, it is important that you choose a counsellor you feel you can connect with, someone who you feel you will be able to trust and build a therapeutic relationship with.
My own counselling journey began after I had raised a family and began volunteering in bereavement support, and it was this that led to me train as a counsellor. I still retain a special interest in bereavement counselling, and alongside my private practice, continue to volunteer with a bereavement service where I have received specialist training and gained valuable insight and experience in helping people who are experiencing loss and bereavement.
My training as a counsellor has been in humanistic counselling and I work predominately with a person-centred approach and working in this way I can help clients with a wide range of emotional difficulties. Most importantly, a person centred way of working puts you, as my client at the very centre of the counselling, together we work with whatever you choose to bring and at your pace. I fully believe that when, as individuals, we have the opportunity to talk honestly and openly about our experiences, with someone who really listens and does not judge us, then this can bring about positive changes to our lives.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ORGANISATIONS
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. Registration Number – 381995 . This is a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and is a programme which was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.
National Counselling Society (NCS)
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society. Membership Number –
NCS18-05939. This is a register that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority and is a programme which was set up by the Government to improve standards and safety for the benefit of the public.
I have regular clinical supervision and ongoing professional development.