My core training was in Person Centred Counselling, an approach developed by Dr Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987). It moves away from the idea of patients and specialists, rather focusing on developing a trusting relationship between counsellor and client, who meet as equals. You, after all, are the expert in your life, not me. By creating an atmosphere of value and trust, Rogers felt that everybody is capable of looking within themselves and working out ways to improve their situation, allowing them to move towards fulfilling their potential. He called this humankinds' Actualising Tendency.
As an integrative counsellor I will also draw from other models of counselling, such as CBT, creative imagery and solution-focussed techniques, to help you to accomplish your goals. 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' - Carl Rogers
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
Prior to parenthood I worked for many years in the City and West End of London around the banking industry and in property. I did management development training and saw many of the pressures faced by top level executives, who I found to be often highly stressed and feeling insecure at the top of their professions. One of my real joys 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 previously 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 over ten years in early years childcare before coming to counselling and became an advocate for my own child's complex SEN, I went on to receive an adult diagnosis of ADHD myself at age 54. This made such a lot of sense to me and went on to fuel my avid interest in the effects of learning challenges both for children and the adults caring for them.
I am passionate about working with young adults on the spectrum, and also have empathy for clients with complex medical needs. Spending much of my own life in and out of surgery I enjoy helping clients with anticipatory anxiety. I would not suggest a relaxation method which I had not personally tested out myself!