• Qualifications and General Approach

    My Qualifications:

    I hold an Advance Diploma in Counselling. My initial training was in “Person Centred” counselling, which is the humanistic branch of counselling. I am also trained in other methodologies, including integrative therapy,cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and neuro linguistic programming (NLP).

    Following my Diploma studies and as part of my personal development, I have attended and continue to attend a number of seminars and training workshops to expand on all the different approaches to counselling, including art therapy.

    I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP (accred)). I am also a member of UKRCP, United Kingdom Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, and a member of CCYP, Counselling Children and Young People. I am a registered adoption counsellor working with LINK Support which is part of Barnardo’s adoption service.

    My General Approach:

    I believe that each individual is unique in their own right. I recognise and am sensitive to different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and respect individuals’ religious beliefs. I conduct all counselling in a non-judgmental framework.

    The first counselling session for a new client will take the form of an assessment, whereby I will be able to familiarise myself with the issues of troubling the person and to determine the best way to manage the therapy. This assessment will be discussed with the client and will also afford them the opportunity to decide whether or not they wish to embark on further counselling sessions.

    I adhere to the BACP Code of Ethics and Guidelines and I am bound by the “Ethical Framework for Counsellors and Code of Conduct”.

    Trust is an essential component of the relationship between the counsellor and the client. I treat all information shared as confidential. However, confidentiality will be broken if my client becomes a danger to themselves or to others. I then reserve the right to inform other appropriate agencies to safeguard my client’s safety. I will always inform my client of such a decision.

    Following each session, I keep brief notes on the work undertaken with my clients and these can be seen or read at any time during sessions on request.

    The BACP Ethical Framework, in keeping with good practice, requires that all counsellors are supervised by trained counselling supervisors where confidentiality is respected.