Therapeutic experience: As a counsellor and psychotherapist I welcome and respect an individual’s uniqueness and diversity and believe I’m able to respond to each situation differently and with empathy. I’m experienced in providing therapy for men and women of all ages, people in relationships whether as a couple or in a polyamorous relationship, families, blended families, children (age 11+), clients who are straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, white, black or mixed race and from many nationalities and cultures. Clients may be religious, atheist, agnostic or spiritual but through the journeys with my clients, what I’ve found to be a common factor is how they value greatly the feeling of being relaxed and comfortable in the space they share with their counsellor. It’s not always easy to talk about feelings and emotions, but I will offer you a safe and confidential place where you can talk and where I will accept you for who you are and without judgement. I’ve had the privilege of working therapeutically with clients on a wide range of issues, including low mood and depression, relationship and sexual issues, addictions, domestic abuse, bereavement and grief, anxiety, sexuality issues, long term illness, childhood trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I believe that many of us, at some point in our life, can experience feelings that may conflict with and affect our behaviour and affect how we may respond to situations. These feelings can often be managed well but occasionally can cause us to struggle, become disengage and possibly become distressed, making us feel unsure of who we are and how we see our future developing. Counselling can be an opportunity to explore your concerns with me, without bias and in a way which you may not be able to do with your friends or family. We can work together so you’re able to identify ways you’re able to improve your wellbeing and help you make the changes in your life that you would like to happen.
Corporate experience: As an experienced and qualified HR professional having worked with many companies, PLCs and SMEs I have provided life coaching to employees who have experienced a loss of motivation and direction, and who are not engaged in either or both their workplace and personal/social environments. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (ACIPD) I see my role as being able to work with employers and their employees to explore options in providing solutions for employees to engage, helping them to work in a safe and responsible way to achieve their potential and more. In the past I have been in roles as an employee and business owner where employee engagement has been instrumental in promoting a positive work environment, productivity, motivation and team cohesion. I truly believe we all have the power and potential to flourish in life and in the workplace, but sometimes we may need a little help and guidance to maximise our ability to progress and succeed.
Training: Currently 1 in 6 employees is experiencing mental health issues which may be stress related, depression and/or anxiety and which has the ability to massively impact on an employee’s performance during working hours. Companies perform better when their staff are being supported through mental health issues, achievements can be greater when employees are healthy, focused and motivated. I offer and deliver bespoke training for managers, teams and individual employees to help them to recognise when a colleague may need support and to sensitively approach this in the workplace.
Qualifications: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy; Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling; Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management; Post Graduate Certificate in HR Management; Post Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management, HNC Business & Finance; MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling (expected 2017)Professional Memberships:
Therapeutic Experience: I have worked with a wide variety of people to help them work through a range of issues including bereavement, general anxiety, social anxiety , obsessive compulsive disorders, depression, eating disorders , sexuality , HIV status , relationship breakdown, self esteem , childhood trauma, post traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, menopause , domestic violence and debt problems. I work in a person-centred way using a variety of talking therapies to help people to work through their issues. This means I won’t tell you what to do but I will help you to explore your options in a warm, safe and friendly environment.
Coaching Experience: I am an experienced coach and have provided life coaching to people who may not have an issue to “fix” but want to get some clarity and direction in their lives. I’ve also provided leadership coaching to those wanting to improve their performance at work or explore solutions for dealing with difficult issues. I am qualified to provide personality profiles using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and to use the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict mode instrument to help people to understand and develop their preferred ways of dealing with conflict.
Clients: I have worked with teams and with a wide range of individuals; in the business environment this includes executives, senior management teams, middle managers and new managers. I have also worked with individuals referred for therapy by their GPs or other agencies including people who are vulnerable for a variety of reasons such as homelessness, learning difficulties, domestic abuse and addiction.
I believe that we all have the potential to be ourselves and to live satisfying lives but sometimes we just need a bit of help to get there.
Qualifications: B.A. (Hons) Psychology; Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling; Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring; MBTI Licensed Practitioner; MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling (expected 2015)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
British Psychological Society (MBPsS)
Institute of Leadership and Management (MInstLM)
Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Therapeutic Experience: I am an experienced counsellor/psychotherapist and have been working for many years in a number of different settings, including NHS Primary Care, women's domestic violence support, and more recently counselling young people.
In those years I have helped many men and women from all ages and backgrounds experiencing difficulties with bereavement, relationship and family problems, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I have also helped clients with behavioural concerns such as substance abuse, phobias, self-harm and deeper concerns resulting from past and present neglect and abuse.I offer a mixture of person-centred therapy , compassion focused therapy and mindfulness based therapy to help my clients gain a better understanding of themselves, feel more empowered and resourceful, and gain more control over their unwanted behaviours.
I believe that all people have the potential to live full and happy lives but from time to time we become held back or overwhelmed by our life experiences. Hopefully, working together in an empathic and non-judgemental way, I can help you overcome these difficulties and find a way forward.
Personal and Professional Background : In additional to my recent counselling experience, I have 25 years’ experience as an IT Developer, Database and Systems Administrator and Business Analyst in both the private and public sector, including the Aeronautical Industry , the NHS and a number of Educational Establishments.
I left home when I was very young and supported myself through college/university whilst juggling a job and family life and I feel that these work and life experiences give me a broad understanding of the pressures that ordinary people experience every day, and I think this helps me to empathise with their concerns.
Qualifications: Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling and Psychotherapy; Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy; B.Sc. (Hons) Computer Science; Proficiency Certificate in Teaching Mindfulness Resilience Enhancement (Due July 2014)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)