"The curious paradox is that when I can accept myself just as I am, then I can change"
I am an Integrative Counsellor with my core approach based in Person Centred Therapy.
I have experience working with clients with a wide range of issues and I draw upon different approaches to suit the individual needs of each person. I work in a person centred and non directive way. This means that I value you as a whole person and your ability to know what is right for you.
I believe that when we feel really heard, understood and accepted by someone it can enable us to be more true to ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves (with others and with life) can hold keys to our own personal growth and healing. I have always found people, personality and behaviour fascinating and believe that, whatever our situation, within us is the ability to change.
I believe that everyone has within them a drive to evolve and that life on this earth is a journey. External environmental factors and early childhood experiences can often have a detrimental impact on the development and journey of each person, and we all experience some negative experiences within our lives
But with our amazing abilities as humans to love, value, seek meaning, explore and learn to be aware of ourselves, we can realign ourselves back on our journey of Self exploration and healing and strive to reach our full potential, to let go of negative harmful experiences, thought patterns and behaviours and to connect with ourselves (our inner relationship with our true self) and connect in a healthy relational experience with others around us.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I work within their Ethical Framework and abide by their Codes of Practice. I also attend supervision on a monthly basis to ensure my practice continues to be safe and ethical.
I completed my training at Strode College, Street, Somerset and gained my qualifications from the CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body).
- CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
During my training I worked as a volunteer counsellor for a Residential Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre where I gained experience working with clients with diverse mental health issues including addiction, depression, anxiety and panic attacks, OCD, PTSD, bi-polar and schizophrenia.
I worked with clients on a one to one basis, facilitated and co-facilitated group therapy. Working with issues including eating disorders, suicide, self harm, sexual abuse, severe neglect, violence, bereavement, relationship breakdown, emotional and mental abuse and addiction; all forms of legal and illegal drug dependency, alcohol dependency, sex addiction, gambling and gang culture.
Since my training I have continued to work as a Counsellor for a local Counselling service.