About my practice
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor working in private practice from my home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Integrative means that I have been trained in the three main therapeutic approaches, namely those of the psychodynamic, humanistic and behavioural models. Notably, many counsellors now draw on more than one modality, or type of therapy, in informing the way in which they work.
My core model or main driving force behind the way I work however is formed from the humanistic approach originating from Carl Rogers called Person Centred Therapy. It uses a non-directive style that allows my clients to take more of a lead in discussions allowing them to discover their own solutions. In addition, the success of person-centred counselling relies upon three conditions:
1) Unconditional positive regard which means therapists must be non-judgmental and valuing
2) Empathy which means therapists strive to understand and accept their clients’ thoughts and feelings
3) Congruence which means therapists carry no air of authority or professional superiority but instead present a true and accessible self that clients can see is honest and transparent
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.
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.
Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - I was awarded this qualification having studied for 5 consecutive years enabling me to practice as a registered and qualified counsellor.
NCS Senior Accreditation (Snr. Accred.) - The NCS website describe this as "A practitioner who has met the standards for Accredited Professional Registrant membership, and has also gained an advanced qualification and further professional development."
Certificate in Clinical Supervision (Approved by The British Psychological Society)
Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy (Accredited by The National Hypnotherapy Society)
Certificate in Couples Counselling (Arcadia Counselling Training)
Specialist Training in Drugs & Alcohol (Warwick University)
Practitioner's Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Ongoing)
National Teaching & Education Certificate (QCF)
I am a lecturer and trainer for Chrysalis, a market leading training organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists across the UK.
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.
I am a Senior Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) 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 NCS 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.
This means they are responsible for ensuring that the counsellors on their registers meet high standards and therefore offer peace of mind and enhanced protection to you as the client. The Accreditation Mark is recognisable to the general public to enable them to identify a competent counsellor.
I am also a Registered Member of Pink Therapy the UK's largest independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients.
Healthcare professional recognition
I hold private health insurance registration with AXA PPP healthcare. If you would like to use your private AXA PPP 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 12 years of training and experience across a range of issues including: