Registered Member of BACP
Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy
I have worked with trauma, anger issues and work-related stress as a counsellor for South Yorkshire Police. More recently, I provided counselling services to the NHS, working with a wide range of client issues. For the past year, in addition to my private practice, I have been working as an affiliate counsellor with Health Assured, a leading employee assistance provider. This has given me valuable experience of working with clients using a more short-term, solution-focused approach.
Often, people do not readily like themselves and so I believe that counselling can play an important part in building self-acceptance. My aim is to provide a safe, open and trusting relationship where inpiduals can gain personal insight and develop greater resilience to deal with life.
I use an integration of Person-centred therapy with interventions from a variety of approaches, depending on an inpidual’s needs. I like to work collaboratively with clients on establishing goals so that they feel fully involved in the process. I also promote self-help whenever possible so inpiduals can find their own coping strategies. After recent training in the use of mindfulness skills, I am increasingly incorporating these techniques into my client work.
Where it all started
Working in newspaper sales, I found that what I enjoyed most about the job was listening to clients, trying to understand their point of view. I decided to re-train and make a career out of listening!