When looking for an experienced counsellor, it is important that you feel confident that the person you choose is right for you. Of course, there are a few things to take into consideration: the location, cost, availability and what time you can set aside each week. But it is also important that you feel reassured that the counsellor you are working with is professional, qualified and experienced to work with the difficulties you want to work through in therapy.
I have experience in working with individuals covering a variety of different problems. Including difficulties such as: depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, bereavement, addictions, self-harm and suicidal ideations, anger, complex trauma and several other issues.
I also have experience in working within colleges and in young person’s services within organisational settings (ages 16+).
In my clinical work with clients, I work using the Person-Centred approach to therapy, placing each individual client at the centre of their own therapy. I also integrate other therapeutic approaches into that framework to remain flexible to the individual client’s needs.
In addition to my clinical experience in one to one therapy, I also have several years’ experience working voluntarily for addiction support groups where I held regular groups and then later worked in the groups' management committees for the London and surrounding area.
Counselling and psychotherapy offers you a confidential and understanding environment and gives you the opportunity look deeper within yourself and to work through the difficulties you may be having. Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and are at the same time each week. I offer both short-term and long-term therapy dependent on your specific needs; this can be discussed in your initial session.
My initial training was a BSC in Psychology and Counselling, which was awarded by the University of Roehampton - a leading institution in the field of psychology, counselling and psychotherapy.
I then continued to train and study at Roehampton and subsequently completed an MA in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy- this training is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I have studied and completed a certificate in Trauma Therapy through the Wealden Psychology Institute and hold a certificate of Attendance of diploma level Trauma Therapy training.
I have also undertaken Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Essentials training through the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT).
As a registered and accredited member of the BACP, I am committed to ongoing CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and ongoing supervision of my clinical practice.
Accreditation is regarded, by the BACP, as the higher standard of a competent, ethical and independent practitioner, I feel it was important to clients that I go through accreditation process.
Additionally, I abide by the BACP's 'Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions' which can be found on the BACP website should you wish to find out more.