As a qualified, professional counsellor and psychotherapist, I see my role is to bring empathy and attentiveness to our therapeutic space, to help us understand what is causing you emotional distress. Knowing and feeling that someone understands you is a fundamental part of counselling.
I hold a Post-graduate Diploma (Level 7) in Counselling and Psychotherapy and a Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Therapeutic Skills from Leeds Metropolitan University, in addition to a Certificate in Interpersonal and Counselling Skills. I have completed further study in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), anxiety, disordered eating, working with trauma, dissociation and PTSD. I have completed training in the NHS IAPT Counselling for Depression and am currently working towards certification.
I have provided counselling for clients at a local charity since 2011, where I have significant experience of working with clients with complex issues and symptoms. I have provided Skype and telephone counselling for a higher education institution for several years and began in private practice in 2015, which includes working with clients on behalf of several Employee Assistance organisations. My earlier career was in marketing communications and managing charity and not-for-profit projects for people with learning disabilities and vulnerable adults.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow the BACP Ethical Framework which ensures that I am providing the best therapeutic support for my clients and this includes having regular supervision with a clinical supervisor. I am a BACP member and I am committed to a programme of continuing professional development, including training, to inform my practice.