I qualified in 2007 as an Integrative Counsellor (CBT, Person-Centred and Psychodynamic), acquiring the Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic counselling at UWCN. I draw strongly on CBT and Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, both recommended by NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) as proven approaches to work with depression, stress and anxiety.
I have been working as a Counsellor for over 15 years. Prior to counselling, my experience included work as a User Involvement Development Project for a Mental Health Project and a Smoking Cessation Specialist aswell as extensive work in the homelessness field.
I believe that counselling or therapy can help you to make more sense of yourself and the world, help you make changes if you want to and increase your sense of worth and well-being.
I work in a way that is respectful, warm and accepting. We always go at your pace and hold regular reviews throughout the sessions to check we are doing ok and to check you are getting from counselling what you need.
Post Graduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. 2007 UWCN
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling. 2006 UWCN
BSCecon Sociology and Social Policy. 1996 Cardiff University
I am an ACCREDITED Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). This means that I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework, ensuring that you are kept safe in the counselling process. It also means that I have undertaken 600+ hours of supervised counselling practice, assuring you of experience and knowledge. You can also read my profile at BACP and The Counselling Directory.
So what is counselling or therapy?
It is a way of paying attention, to ourselves and our environment, in the present moment without judgement. It is a way of slowing our thoughts down, accepting and recognising our state of being rather than trying to change it. Mindfulness gives us an increased awareness of our feelings and thoughts, enabling us to choose which way to respond, rather than in an automatic way or in the way we always have.