My Approach to Therapy
I believe the quality of the relationship with your therapist, one that is understanding, safe, secure and collaborative, is key. I believe we all have the ability to live to our personal potential within the parameters of our unique life circumstances and the situation we are in. And so my theoretical approach is underpinned by a Humanistic/ Existential philosophy.
I believe there is no single theory that can possibly encompass the complexities of the human condition and believe our path to healing and improved well-being is as unique as we are individuals.
This is why I take an Integrative Approach, through which I bring together several therapeutic approaches and theories, fitting the therapy to you and what is best for your unique situation and what you want to achieve.
Integrating Transactional Analysis (TA), Psychodynamic thinking, Interactional, Systemic, Gestalt and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Creative and Experiential Methods.
For couples, my approach is centred around creating a safe space for you to discuss your concerns with mutual understanding, as well as building awareness of what has led to or what is keeping you in stuck patterns of relating or in particular roles, helping you and your relationship to move forward.
Experience and Qualifications
My training and subsequent continuing professional development has at its heart my own personal development which I believe is key being able to offer effective therapy to others, whatever the approach.
After working in the voluntary sector for many years for organisations providing emotional support I qualified as an Integrative Counsellor and Therapist in 2011.
My counselling experience includes working in local services and organisations, higher education, schools, including setting up provisions for counselling and therapy, the NHS in addition to an established private practice.
I am a trained and approved counsellor with Barnardo’s Adoption Agency. I am also a Clinical Supervisor and provide Training and Workshops to counsellors, therapists, those involved in the care or education of others, and organisations. Previous roles include Tutor for a BACP Accredited Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2016-2019).
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).
Diploma in Integrative Counselling – BACP Accredited course (2011)
Certificate in Working with Couples
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Certificate in Creative Therapy
Certificate in The Rewind Technique for Post Traumatic Stress
Children’s Mental Health
As part of my commitment to ethical and informed practice I have regular Clinical Supervision.
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) certificate required to work with children and vulnerable adults.
Child Protection/ Safeguarding training
Emergency First Aid at Work training