I trained as a relational integrative counsellor in Bristol at the University of West of England (UWE). Prior to this I completed a Foundation Certificate in Counselling at the Bath Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BCPC).
I have completed various further training since I qualified at UWE in 2012 including gaining a Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship at the Karuna Institute in 2016 and completing Couples Counselling training and Supervision training in 2018. In my work, I tend to use an integrative approach, to find the best fit for each individual or couple’s needs.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and I abide by their Code of Ethics. I am part of the BACP national register which is the first psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health.
I currently work as a counsellor in private practice in Bristol, and in the NHS as a staff counsellor and mediator at a hospital. I have over 15 years’ experience of working with adults, young people and families in the voluntary sector, the NHS and in private practice.
As a counsellor I have supported people with a wide range of issues such as
- relationship problems
- low self-esteem
- post-natal depression
- childhood abuse
- domestic violence
- eating disorders
- sexual abuse and rape
- drug use
- loss and bereavement
- workplace stress and bullying
I have years of experience working with trauma and am able to support people to find safety and security when feeling highly distressed. I provide a calm and supportive space to talk through any problem and tailor my approach to suit the person I am working with and their personal needs.
I engage in my own personal therapy and believe it is important for counsellors to be committed to their own personal development in order to work effectively.
I attend regular training sessions for CPD (continuing professional development) to ensure that I continue to improve and reflect on my practice.
I engage in regular clinical supervision with a trained supervisor to ensure that I am working ethically and effectively.