Training, qualifications and experience
Having trained at Waverley Abbey College (validated by the University of Roehampton) and The Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling and a Diploma in Counselling Teenagers. I also hold a Diploma in Eating Disorders through the National Centre for Eating Disorders.
I have fifteen years’ experience of counselling teenagers and adults. This has been in private practice. I also have nine years’ experience of counselling children through a play therapy approach. Two of these years were working with the charity Place2Be and the following two years in private practice, based in a primary school in Tunbridge Wells.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, hold a Certificate of Proficiency with them and am listed on their Accredited Voluntary Register. In addition, I am an accredited member of both the Association of Christian Counsellors and the National Counselling Society. I adhere to both the ACC Ethics and Practice and the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As part of my Continuous Professional Development, I have attended courses with a variety of organisations including Deep Release and I receive regular supervision for my work. I am currently training in a form of psychotherapy called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), which is a treatment for PTSD and trauma. I am also training to become a certified child and adolescent trauma professional.
About the way I work
I offer a holistic approach, where your physical self, your emotions and thought life, the choices and actions that you make and your spiritual area of being (where wanted) is explored, with the view that if one area is experiencing difficulty, it can affect all the other areas of you too. The issues which you choose to bring to counselling will always be explored at your own pace.
As no two people are the same and what approach may suit one person may not necessarily suit another, I work integratively which means that I incorporate several different ways of working, including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, Attachment Theory, Inner Child Work, Creative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Spiritual Formation, should the client wish for that. This occurs through a collaborative process, where the client makes their own goals for what they seek to get out of counselling and this is reviewed periodically. Any way of working is always offered and not compulsory to partake in.
I hold a current Level 2 Emergency First Aid At Work Certificate, through Train Aid (www.train-aid.co.uk/courses/emergency-first-aid-at-work).