My career as a therapist began quite late in my life, having previously identified as a watercolour artist (I still paint – I practice self care and this is my own therapy!) for many years. My own experience of loss, which promoted the need to explore my emotional responses, led me eventually to move into counselling. I feel that an increase in self awareness together with self compassion can provide opportunities for an almost unbelievable improvement in the experience of life.
I am a member, Registered and Senior Accredited, of the National Counselling Society (NCS), which means that I am on a voluntary register of counsellors and psychotherapists that has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority, and which is held by the NCS as well as other professional membership bodies. By being on this register I can demonstrate that I work to an acceptable level of ethical standards and have suitable training and expertise. The NCS has a robust complaints procedure should there be a need for this, but in the first instance it is always best to talk about the issue first and my aim is to provide a collaborative and open therapeutic relationship.
My core model of practice is Integrative Humanistic – which means that I can draw on several theoretical models, deciding, with your collaboration, which interventions might provide the best way forward. I am personally committed to each client, subject to the creation of a contract between us which will contain boundaries as to how we work and the use of our relationship.
‘Humanistic’ is an umbrella term, covering Person Centred Counselling, Gestalt Therapy, and Transactional Analysis in the main. Through regular further training and continuing professional development, I am also able to bring other specific interventions into my work, such as Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy, which is a model for brief therapy and which can work really well for most areas of concern. In the area of trauma and abuse, I will be able to offer the Re-Wind Technique, which has been shown to be remarkably effective in reducing, or even eradicating, the emotional and somatic impact of trauma memory.
I work intuitively, often feeling the need to explore in some depth the past as well as the present, and some of this work can be quite challenging. However, you will always be in control of the pace and depth of the work, and will discover more about yourself as we progress, including how many of your own resources you can uncover and begin to use. This can be really empowering and can give you a much more positive sense of who you really are. I feel it is important to regularly review the progress of therapy and to be open to change in all aspects of the work.
It is vital that all therapists undergo regular clinical supervision, through which is often gained a different perspective of some of the issues being presented by clients. It is an obligation in order to maintain membership of the NCS, and is the same with all other membership bodies. Supervisors are very experienced counsellors and psychotherapists themselves, sometimes with some specialist knowledge and specific supervision training. Confidentiality is a very important aspect of this work.
The counsellor’s role is not to give advice or to make judgements, but to be there to support and assist in whichever direction you wish to go, and I welcome the opportunity to discuss with you what you hope to gain from counselling, and for us to decide if I can help in the way which seems appropriate for you. You can email or phone, and if I am not able to immediately respond, I will do so quickly and with discretion.
Find me in Counselling Directory.
I am also listed in Find Your Counsellor.
I am also listed in the UK & Ireland Counsellor Directory
(You will find articles by me on the Find Your Counsellor directory and on the Counselling Directory.)