“The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change.” – Carl Rogers
My experience of enabling and supporting people through growth or recovery has been acquired by working for many years within the NHS, voluntary sector and privately. I have extensive experience working with individuals and families within palliative care and those undergoing or recovering from oncology treatment. I also have experience of working therapeutically with children and adolescents in primary and secondary school settings utilising creative and play therapies. I welcome referrals from all ages from children through to senior citizens.
My core training was as a humanistic counsellor although I have also trained and qualified as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and latterly completed EMDR training. I prefer to use what is described as an integrative approach (combining various concepts in thinking and approaches in therapy) and by using my assessment skills and experience I provide therapy which is evidence-based. I appreciate that each person is an individual and I understand that it is important to be flexible and tailor therapy to meet a person’s unique needs. I began my counselling skills training in 1998 and progressively moved into higher education graduating from both Keele and Staffordshire Universities. Higher qualifications that I have gained include;
I have been a registered and accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) since 2009. In 2012 I gained full accreditation with the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). Since 2013 I have been a member of EMDR Association of the UK & Ireland and in 2015 I also became a member of the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. (ACAMH).
Additional further professional training;
• Feeling State Addiction Protocol – 2018
• EMDR with children and Young People Training Parts 1 & 2 ~ 2014/15
• EMDR Institute training – Level 1-3 ~ 2014
• Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Training ~ 2011/12
• Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy ~ 2011
• Master of Science (MSc.) in Counselling Psychology ~ 2007
• Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision ~ 2006
• Graduate Diploma in Counselling ~ 2005
• Certificate in Counselling ~ 2003
As an accredited practitioner I am committed to further developing my skills and abilities by attending and participating in professional development training courses and events throughout the year.
Outside of work, I enjoy long countryside walks with my family and dog, swimming, reading, writing and listening to music….not all at the same time!