Qualifications

BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling, Diplomas in Mindfulness, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Therapeutic Approach

Mindfulness, Gestalt, Integrative, Person-centred

Membership body

BACP

Years practicing

14 years

Issues worked with

Aspergers, Bereavement, Autism spectrum disorder, Personal growth/wellbeing, Social anxiety, Stress, Family issues, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Loss, Self-esteem, Self-harm.

Special interest areas

I work with adults of all ages, children and young people. I have a particular interest in autism and have clients on the spectrum. With experience of being a carer in the past, I have also worked with many clients dealing with issues related to being a carer (particularly identity, loss and guilt). I have experience with teenagers as a foster-carer, in a drama group setting and as a counsellor. .

Personal Statement

My initial counselling training was in person-centred and gestalt therapy but I have added to my range of skills over the years. As a result, my methods are an eclectic and creative mixture, but always grounded in my roots with a person-centred approach. As well as talking to me, you are likely to have work to do between sessions! This could be practising mindfulness and breathing techniques or working creatively to explore the background to issues. During our first 50 minute session we will be able to explore the issues that bring you to counselling, share preferences and expectations and agree a way forward to contract for future sessions. There are many options and I am flexible in accommodating each client’s preferences - whether you prefer a fixed-term of regular sessions or an on-going approach, these sessions are for your benefit and you must be comfortable with how they progress.