In 2008 I embarked on counselling training. I threw myself wholeheartedly into it and the more I learned, the more confident I was that this was the right career for me. The training at The Iron Mill in Exeter, a BACP accredited course, involved, as well as the learning modules, undertaking 40 hours of personal therapy, the keeping of personal process journals and attaining 150 hours of counselling work on a voluntary basis.
The Advanced Diploma I studied for is in integrative counselling where I learned a wide variety of approaches and was encouraged to form a counselling philosophy coherent with who I am as a person. As qualified counsellors it is expected that we "walk our talk". This is not about learning the latest fashionable approach to therapy, it is about being grounded and being able to be who I truly am in the therapy room.
I have experience of working with a wide range of clients - in my own private practice, for a not-for-profit agency, within a school and in a specialist addictions unit - from primary school aged children to retirees.
I also hold a Certificate in Relationship Counselling which was awarded in 2015.
As well as my private business, I was an associate counsellor of Steven James Counselling from 2012-2016, and worked on behalf of GamCare with clients with gambling issues. (More information about this work can be found here.) I was on the steering committee for a low cost, charity-run counselling service for 2 years and recently resigned in 2015 to make more time for my private practice.
I adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework - a guideline for practitioners which closely correlates with my personal code of ethics. More information can be found here.
As well as being a registered member of the BACP I am also a member of the West Country Association for Counselling.
I achieved BACP accredited status in September 2014. This is over and above ordinary BACP membership. It means that the BACP recognise the extensive experience I have as a practitioner, have examined my work and deem me to be working ethically and with a high degree of self-awareness.
I undertake regular workshops, not only for continued learning but to carry on developing my philosophy.
Workshops/training attended include:
Working with Survivors of Trauma (March 2016)
Certificate in Couples Counselling (July 2015)
Working with Relational Trauma (PODS training May 2015)
Pluralistic Counselling (June 2014)
Working with boarding school survivors (run by Jane Barclay)
GamCare training - relapse prevention
How a sex therapist works
Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS training)
Relational Depth in Counselling (run by Mick Cooper)
GamCare - working with clients with gambling issues
Working with Self-Destructiveness
SMART Recovery facilitator training
Bringing lifelearning to our clients
Anger Management delivered by an Existential Therapist
Marshall Rosenberg's Non-Violent Communication
Seeing Wholes - Reconnecting a Fragmented World
Heart Intelligence and the Person Centred Approach
Body Therapy and Compassionate Touch
Focusing and Core Process Psychotherapy
Anger Management and the Person Centred Approach
Counselling Young Children and Adolescents