Higher Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling - 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 Society Senior Accreditation (Snr Accred). - The NCS 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.
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).
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 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.
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 different schools of theory and research, 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.
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.
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 15 years of training and experience across a range of issues including: