I take an integrative approach to counselling. My core training is humanistic, however I integrate other perspectives and techniques in order to meet individual needs. I base my approach on the person-centred principle – that individuals have potential for growth and self-awareness.
My therapeutic philosophy is influenced by existential thinking; making meaning from our individuality, our strengths, opportunities and limitations. I have a special interest in mindfulness based body/mind work.
I aim to help clients access their own resources to deal with life’s challenges. Some aspects cannot be changed, but by working together, we can gain new understanding and insight into past experiences, in order to make different choices for the future.
I have worked with people who have experienced the following issues:
Loss, bereavement, stress, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, ill health, chronic long-term conditions, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome/ME, personal growth and identity issues. I have worked for a range of local services, including bereavement and young persons counselling service and the alcohol agency.
I work with the client’s best interests at the heart of my practice. If I believe that another service or agency would be more helpful at this time, this will be discussed in the assessment appointment.
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. The Association is made up of a number of different membership categories, e.g. Associate Member, Member (MBACP), Accredited Member (MBACP Accred), with the different categories standing for different levels of training and experience. Accredited Members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
In 2013 the BACP Register was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status with the Professional Standards Authority.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.