QualificationsI completed my counselling training (DPS Counselling) at The University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE) which is a BACP Accredited course. I am also a registered 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 a Certificate in Counselling, which I completed prior to receiving my Diploma in Counselling.
I also have a degree (BSc Hons) in Psychology and Sociology from UWE.
I have substantial additional training in Motivational Interviewing, Brief Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Through my various employment roles I have also completed specialist mental health training, specifically around personality disorders and more general mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
ExperienceI have a successful private counselling practice based in Bristol which has been running since 2011. I have supported clients with a wide range of issues such as; depression, trauma, anxiety, self-harm, bereavement, stress, low self-worth, sexuality, abuse, anger management, lack of life direction, pregnancy related issues and addiction.
Prior to setting up my private practice, I worked as a volunteer counsellor for Hope's Place in 2010/11; an agency that provided counselling for people with pregnancy related issues such as; baby loss, adoption, pre/post-termination issues, miscarriage and fertility issues. In addition, I spent two years (2009/11) working as a volunteer counsellor at Bristol Drug's Project, providing short term counselling for individuals struggling with addiction and mental health problems.
My background is in the social care field where I have worked for 14 years, providing emotional support to adults and young people. I have worked in educational settings, a residential drug rehabilitation unit and various voluntary charities across Bristol.
More recently I have provided group & 1-1 supervision for staff members at St Mungo's Broadway, a homelessness charity based in Bristol & London.
I have my own experience of engaging in personal counselling and I believe it is important for counsellors to be committed to their own personal development in order to work effectively with clients.
I attend regular CPD (Continuing Professional Development) events, such as lectures and workshops to ensure that I continue to improve and reflect on my practice.
I also engage in monthly one to one and group supervision . This helps to ensure that I am working ethically and effectively with my clients.