I have been working in a counselling environment for over 20 years. I began my therapeutic career working within a corporate business supporting work colleagues through difficult times as a first line support.
Throughout my therapeutic career I have gained experience working within the education, voluntary and private sectors. I have worked within various settings such as schools, colleges, hospices, early intervention and now private practice.
A current volunteer with Frontline19 – a brand-new service that has been formed due to the recent global pandemic to provide free and confidential emotional support services. This service is a UK nationwide service delivering supervision, debriefing and emotional support to frontline workers/health care professional during this crisis.
I’m an accredited Psychotherapist and work within ethical codes for both National Counselling Society (NCS) & British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
As an adult the counselling approach I take will depend on the needs of client. Most people have times in their lives when they have difficulty coping and there are any number of good reasons why you might want to talk with a professional about your worries. It takes courage to talk to a therapist, but the rewards are usually worth the risk. Counselling can give you space and time to help you explore your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes having a confidential space to do this with someone who is independent of your situation is all you need.
Although different methods may be used within the therapeutic relationship the aim of counselling is ultimately to help the client manage their emotions and feelings and to be able to express them in a healthier way, to develop a positive attitude to life, and to be able to recognise and to use their strengths.
Young People Specialism
I hold a post qualification Certificate in Counselling Young People and have experience of working with youngsters from the age of 10 years with a view to building self-esteem, development of abilities to cope with anxieties, bullying and peer pressure.
I have a wealth of experience dealing with Young People who may be having suicidal thoughts, or may be undertaking some sort of self-harm. I have experience with running anger management workshops and can work with anger issues on a one to one basis too.
This special interest of working with teenagers and young adults uses different approaches than I perhaps would with adults. Often is can be creative to encourage the client to engage in the counselling process and to be able to express their feelings and worries. Creative methods, which use play, and art and crafts, can also help give an insight into the unconscious mind of the client. Some older children may prefer to talk to their therapist in a similar way to an adult client or they may want a mixture of talking and using creative methods.
I work flexibly in order to ensure all work is carried out in a way that is best suiting the client. It does not involve making decisions for the client nor giving advice or imposing beliefs on them.
Clients I Work With
Long Term, Short Term, Individuals (from 10 years), EAP, Health Providers, Trainee’s/Students.
How I Deliver Therapy
Via Zoom, Whatsapp Video, FaceTime or Telephone and face to face.
Humanistic, Person-Centred, Integrative, Psychodynamic
What I Can Help With
There are various issues I have encountered throughout my career such as; relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, trauma, bullying, low self-esteem, abuse, self-harm, bereavement and loss.
I am open to working with any issues you may bring. Examples of some issues you may like to seek help with:
I’m a member of both the National Counselling Society (NCS) and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I follow their ethical framework’s/codes, which is concerned with my professional conduct and your wellbeing.
I meet regularly with a clinical supervisor who supports me in my professional and ethical practice.
As a supervisor, I have experience of working with trainees and newly qualified counsellors, as well as with experienced and accredited practitioners.
Counselling is a very demanding profession, practicing as a counsellor can drain your inner resources, consume your energies and raise questions that you need to explore. I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, psychotherapists and other helping professionals, such as social workers, support workers and community workers.
I work with young people myself and so therefore, offer supervision & experience for those therapists working with this client group. In addition, I have extensive experience of working both in private practice and in counselling organisations both as a counsellor and as a manager of a counselling service.
Overall, I believe supervision should be a stimulating, motivational process in which challenge and reflection are very much a part. My aim as a supervisor is to promote the competence and creativity of my supervisee in a non-judgmental way, to enable the supervisee to grow and develop into the most effective therapist they can be, to enable them to work skilfully and ethically with their clients and importantly to develop their own therapeutic style.
Similar to therapy, supervision is a contracted, professional relationship. As a supervisor, I see my primary goal being to improve the quality of the work that my supervisee is undertaking with their clients. Quality supervision should provide a safe pace for the therapist to step back and look at the therapeutic relationship between them and their client. For this to happen, I believe there needs to be solid supervisory relationship where the therapist feels supported, safe and is able to take risks.
I understand the complexities and differences of counselling practice in both areas from the different perspectives of counsellor and service manager.