My core training was in Person Centred Counselling, an approach developed by Dr Carl Rogers. It depends upon us building a trusting relationship between equals, you are after all the expert in your life and not me (although you may not be feeling that way right now!) . As an integrative counsellor I will also draw from other models of counselling, such as CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), creative imagery, positive psychology and solution-focussed techniques, to help you to accomplish your goals. I like to show you mindfulness techniques to give you practical tools to use in every situation when you become over stressed.
When we create an atmosphere of value and trust, Rogers believed that everybody could work out ways to improve their situation and move towards fulfilling their potential. He called this humankinds' Actualising Tendency. Most of us live such busy lives though that we rarely have an opportunity to sit and think about where we are in life and where we would like to be going, counselling gives you the opportunity to do just that.
Every person is unique, you will have your own individual aims and I do not feel that these should be restricted to solutions from any particular type of counselling, but rather should evolve during the sessions.
'The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination'
NCFE Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
Open University courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Introduction to Counselling
Mental Illness in Society
Diploma in Homebased Childcare
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.
Accredited provider for The Foundation for Infant Loss
I worked for many years in the City and West End of London around the banking industry, career recruitment and in property, before I became a mum. Management development training showed me many of the pressures faced by top level executives, who were often highly stressed and feeling insecure whilst at the pinnacle of their careers. Professional clients often say to me that other people would not realise how distressed they are feeling, because they project an air of being in charge and look as if they have control of their lives. One thing which really excites me in counselling is helping clients to achieve a better work/life balance and assisting them to find ways of enriching their sense of self, when they may have felt their career trajectory was at odds with where they wanted to be as a person.
Leaving the City I worked for eleven years in early years childcare and became an advocate for my own child's complex SEN. Counselling training was yet another complete career change at age 50, and I went on to receive an adult diagnosis of ADHD myself at 54. This made a lot of sense and fueled my avid interest in the effects of learning challenges both for children and on the adults who care for them. I realised that I have tips and hints around organisation that can help other ADHD clients in the workplace. There are few resources available to parents and guardians of those with complex needs, and I really like to help them with the relationship challenges this brings.
Coming from a creative family I find that I gravitate towards clients performing in the arts (and vice versa), I have worked young adults on the spectrum, and have empathy for clients with complex medical or educational needs. Having had a lot of orthopaedic surgery myself , I know my way around a hospital and have first hand experience of the problems experienced by those in the medical profession. I enjoy helping clients with anticipatory anxiety; exams, driving tests, upcoming surgery, giving birth.
All of the relaxation methods I use have been personally road tested by me!
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I commit to doing a minimum of thirty hours each year of continuous professional development. This takes many forms such as background research and reading, peer supervision, watching documentaries and webinars and attendance at professional workshops. Here are of some of the topics I have gone on to develop further since being a counsellor.