Training & Experience
I completed my training with the Matrix college of counselling and psychotherapy and went onto become a registered member with UKCP. I work within both the UKCP/ BACP code of ethics and practice for counselling and psychotherapy.
I hold an enhanced DBS certificate and have Professional Liability Insurance and am registered with the ICO.
As the world evolves and people change, we are constantly discovering new things about what it is to be human and the things that affect us, for this reason I continue to develop old skills and learn new ones. Some of these experiences include:
CBT: This method helps us to gain better understanding of out thoughts, emotions, and behaviours and how the way we think affects the things we do.
Mindfulness: This technique teaches us to be fully present in each moment in time and helps prevent feeling overwhelmed or overreactive about what’s going on around us. It’s a great technique for stress, anxiety, and trauma and can make us aware of past auto pilot responses that do not always guide behaviours that are good for our wellbeing.
Motivational Interviewing: a counselling method to enhance motivation to make change and discover more about who we are.
Trauma Informed practice: recognising the impact and affects trauma has on well being and what experiences can result in a traumatic impact on an individual.
Neuroscience: Discovering how our brain is impacted by our life experiences, helping us to understand our reactions and experience of the world.
Attachment Theory: Understanding that humans are born with a need to form a close emotional bond with a caregiver and the impact this has on relationship and development from childhood as we go on into adulthood.
Person centred: The focus is on the person and what they can do, not a presenting condition or disability. Placing the person at the centre of the care.
Transactional analysis (TA): is a psychanalytical theory and method of therapy wherein social interactions (or transactions) are analyzed to determine the ego state of the communicator (whether parent-like, childlike, or adult-like) as a basis for understanding behaviour.
Psychodynamic: this means we focus on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in a person’s life.
Creative therapies: Finding clarity in your thoughts can often be difficult using words alone, so creative therapy can help you to communicate your inner experience in other ways. Using forms of nonverbal expression, including music, art, sand, can help us to explore our inner world in other ways.
Ecopsychology: The practice of being in nature to boost growth and healing.
The Attachment, Regulation and Competency Framework: Developed for children and adolescents who have been complex trauma, and their caregiving systems.
Addiction Counselling: Understanding addiction as behaviour that gives a person temporary relief and pleasure but also has negative consequences, and to which a person will return to time and time again. Addiction originates from a persons need to solve a problem: a deep-seated problem, often from our earliest years that was to do with trauma or loss.
Telecommunications counselling: Counselling delivered via ‘zoom’ or ‘skype’. Provided from a confidential and secure room in the same way we would access face to face therapy. Clients are also encouraged to find a safe, confidential, and comfortable place to sit during the session. We have embraced the way of working due to the emergence of covid-19, however I’ve been encouraged by the effectiveness of this service and will continue to deliver sessions via telecommunications. It has allowed clients greater scope of the choice of therapist they see, we are now not governed by location and means clients that may not have been able to access therapy due to physical or mobility restraints can now engage in a greater level of work.
Additional Training & Experience
Certificate in Addiction Counselling
Certificate in Transactional Analysis
Certificate in Client Centred Counselling
Certificate in reality therapy
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Group work and Facilitation
Working with eating disorders
Peer Mentoring and youth work
Art and Play in the counselling and therapy session
Working with Gestalt
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (proven positive results for stress, physical and emotional well being and pain management and addiction).
Mindfulness for children and adolescents
Working with issues of adolescence
Working creatively with anger
Overcoming trauma related shame and self-loathing
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
BSC hon Integrative Counselling