Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (informed by research) - I was awarded this qualification having studied for 5 consecutive years (part-time) enabling me to practice as a registered and qualified counsellor.
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) Senior Accreditation (Snr Accred). - The NCPS website describe this as a counsellor who has met the standards for Accredited Professional Registrant membership, has been in practice for no fewer than 7 years and has also gained an advanced qualification alongside further professional development.
Counselling Supervision Certificate - L5 OCN (Approved NCPS Supervisor)
Clinical Supervision Certificate (Approved by The British Psychological Society)
As a Counsellor, I am in regular supervision. This is an important part of my work as it means I can maintain the highest standards of care, always working towards your well being. I have an up to date and clear DBS.
Lecturer & Tutor
I am an approved Lecturer & Tutor of CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body), currently delivering L2 Certificate Counselling Skills, L3 Certificate Counselling Studies, L4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling (BACP Approved) and L5 Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling with CPTA (Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Academy).
By choosing a counsellor with professional membership, you are selecting a professional who has undertaken sufficient levels of training to ensure they ethically and competently meet their client’s needs. Membership of a professional body demonstrates training credentials to a specified level, duration and standard, so that you feel confident your therapist is competent.
I am a NCS Senior Accredited Member and a fully Registered Member of The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Notably, I adhere to their Code of Ethics and provide a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Both the NCPS and the BACP belong to a register that has been accredited under a programme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, accountable to Parliament.
About my practice
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor working in private practice from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. Integrative means a blended approach to the work that brings together different elements from specific therapies. By combining elements drawn from predominantly the Humanistic and Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches, integrative therapy becomes a more flexible and inclusive approach than more traditional, singular forms of counselling. Notably, many counsellors now draw on more than one modality, or type of therapy, in informing the way in which they work.
Each integrative counsellor will undoubtedly have their own influences, personal temperament and individual style which all inform the way they work however that is not to say that an integrative approach is simply a ‘mish-mash’ of the former. It is a thoughtful and carefully considered blend which is mindfully combined to suit each individual and their presenting difficulties. That said, I work predominantly with the Humanistic and Psychodynamic therapeutic approaches.
Integrative counselling is therefore an approach linking different ways of thinking about the problems that a client brings and working with the client to find a ‘language’ that helps them to make sense of their experiences and reduce the impact of their suffering.
The integrative approach, I have found, is a potent and effective way of working therapeutically with my clients.
Healthcare professional recognition
I hold private health insurance recognition with Aviva, Aetna Global Benefits and Vitality Healthcare. If you would like to use your private Aviva, Aetna Global Benefits and Vitality Healthcare insurance to pay for your therapy, the first step of the process is to contact your private medical insurance company and check that your policy covers you to receive clinical therapy.
My Areas of Work
I have almost 17 years of training and experience across a range of issues including:
- Depression, anxiety, stress and panic attacks
- Family and relationship issues
- Bereavement, other losses and major life changes
- Counselling for trainee counsellors
- Transitions & loss - e.g. entering adulthood; mid-life; becoming a parent; relocation; loss of health; loss of status; loss of employment
- Sexual Identity
- Addictive or compulsive behaviours
- Issues relating to trauma
I offer counselling and supervision from Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire which is within easy reach of High Wycombe, Maidenhead, Amersham, Gerrards Cross and Marlow.