About me

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Qualifications

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).

More recently, I attended the Karuna Institute (2016) and gained a Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship.  This year (2017) I completed an introductory Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) training and can offer CAT sessions under supervision.  In my work, I tend to use an integrative approach, to find the best fit for each individual’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 have substantial additional training in mindfulness and meditation, working with the body and trauma, motivational interviewing (MI), working with young people and families,  and brief solution focused therapy. Through my various employment roles I have also completed specialist mental health training and drug and alcohol misuse training.

Experience

I currently work as a counsellor in private practice in Bristol, and in the NHS as a staff counsellor at a hospital.  I have over 10 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
  • anxiety
  • low self-esteem
  • post-natal depression
  • parenting
  • childhood abuse
  • domestic violence
  • eating disorders
  • depression
  • psychosis
  • sexual abuse and rape
  • trauma
  • self-harm
  • drug use
  • anger
  • 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 have my own experience of engaging in 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.

 

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