I gained my Counselling qualification in 2009 and BACP accreditation in 2012. My other qualifications are a BSc in Biology and Earth Sciences and a Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
Between 2002 and 2009 I worked as a Samaritan Listener volunteer.
While working on a project, which aimed to support people who were recovering from long-term and enduring mental ill-health, I gained experience in counselling clients with diagnosed mental health conditions such as Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia and Borderline Personality Disorders.
In 2009, I became the Workplace Counsellor for an organisation that supports people with disabilities towards and into employment. This allowed me to gain experience in counselling staff members and job seekers, with a wide range of issues such as work stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and feelings relating to bereavement and loss.
Since November 2014, I have been self-employed and I am now working at Personal & Relationship Counselling.
Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (Iron Mill Institute)
Supervision Certificate, BA Hons (Humanities)
Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate)
As a humanistic relational therapist I believe that the therapeutic relationship offers a safe warm space in which to explore life issues and to grow as an individual.
BA (Hons) Health Promotion, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma,
Addictive Behavior Diploma, Supervision Certificate,
Transactional Analysis Certificate, BACP Registered Member.
I then trained as a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist at Goldsmith University and qualified in 2002. I was employed as a CBT therapist in the NHS for 5 years before relocating to Plymouth in 2005. Since then I have been working with PRC and some local charitable organisations.
I work with people experiencing all sorts of difficulties, including work related stress, depression, anxiety, OCD, body dis-morphia, eating disorders, phobias, anger management and assertiveness issues. I like to work collaboratively with clients and provide a warm, compassionate approach.
Relate CC, European Counselling Diploma,
Supervision Certificate, BACP Accredited.
My Experience: I have had been practicing for more than 13 years, both with couples and individuals and have had over 10,000 face to face sessions, I now run my own private practice, with a group of experienced therapists, we work closely together to ensure good practice, and have a very supportive working environment. I have also trained as a supervisor and after another two years of training and practice, I gained a qualification through the Iron Mill Institute in Exeter, this was between 2004 and 2006. Since then I have supervised counsellors, psychotherapists, CBT practitioners, drug and alcohol workers and Palliative Care nurses.
I have been a trainer with Relate and spent 5 years as a Counselling Tutor at the local college.
Diploma in Professional Studies- Counselling (University of the West of England UWE), Transactional Analysis (101 Certificate), BACP Registered Member
I trained as a person centred therapist and now practice an integrated approach, drawing on humanistic and relational perspectives. An integrated approach offers the opportunity to work collaboratively with clients in ways that support their individual needs.
I work with a broad range of issues that include addiction, eating disorders, OCD, trauma, abuse, stress, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, assertive and personal development, identity, difference and loss.
I feel strongly that my role should be one of supporting and 'untangling' issues collaboratively with my client in a safe, holding space. This can offer an opportunity to explore and develop new thinking and understanding that may instigate change.
BACP Registered Member, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Iron Mill Institute), Certificate in Education.
I believe that many of us go through life without the opportunity to be properly heard by another. This can lead to emotional distress and difficulties in work and relationships. I prefer to start working, in the initial stages, with a client centered approach where I aim to offer the client a safe, honest and non judgmental place where painful and difficult thoughts, feelings and actions can be talked about.
As an ex servicemen I have a particular interest in working with former servicemen and women.
BACP Registered Member, Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Post Qualifying Professional Diploma Children and Young People.
My path towards becoming a counsellor began in the field of health, welfare and social care. After becoming involved in a drop in centre I later went on to work for over 11 years in a hostel setting. I have over 20 years experience working with young people experiencing emotional, behavioural and trauma based difficulties. This gave me a desire to be part of a process that helps others to live to their potential, no matter what their circumstances or past. To help enable a change in thoughts and behaviours that may be harmful to a persons relationship with themselves, others and their environment. I therefore began my training in 2009 and qualified in 2015.
Being integrative means that I aim to respond to the need of the client whilst drawing upon different approaches. I believe that there is no 'one size fits all' therapy. I pay attention to the many components that make us who we are. I see our well-being holistically, our physical, mental and social well-being are, I believe, interconnected.
At times we can become a little lost. We may have forgotten, or never felt the presence of our value and ability. Counselling helps to re-balance our world.
MSc Social Research, Diploma: Professional Counselling (person centred), Certificate and Advance Certificate: Transactional Analysis, Teaching Certificate, 450 Hours in house (Cornwall Alcohol & Drug Agency) Addiction training, BACP Registered & Accredited, FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals) Accredited Counsellor.
I have extensive experience having worked as a substance misuse therapist from GP’s surgeries in Cornwall for 13 years. I co-facilitated a relapse prevention group for 7 years. I have also run workshops on addiction. Alongside this I have continued to see clients in my private practice for 22 years where most of my work is generic. This includes bereavement, addiction, couples counselling, work related issues, relationships and mental health.
I was a lecturer at City College for over 3 years teaching Emotional Intelligence and Interpersonal skills. I taught on the foundation degree course years 1 & 2.
I see my role as a therapist to educate and facilitate change. I offer a safe and non- judgemental space to enable clients to explore whatever brought them into counselling. My approach is client lead.
Level 2 Advanced Counselling Skills, Level 3 Counselling Study, Final Year Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, BACP Registered Member
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