|Membership Class:||Ordinary Registered Member|
|UKAHPP Member No:||694|
I recognise how difficult it can be for people to face and talk about their experiences, as well as the importance of hope and self- acceptance. I have respect the diverse experience and needs of people who come to therapy; I have found each person has gained from the experience and has been able to benefit in their lives.
I believe that we all have the potential to enhance our lives and develop our potential, through understanding. Counselling offers the opportunity to change.
My theoretical understanding is drawn from attachment, humanistic and relational perspectives which I use in relation to your experience. I recognise the impact of traumatic experience from the past. I might explore with you how your patterns and past relationships may have shaped your experience in the present, or focus on the here and now. I recognise the important role of cultural, spiritual experience and beliefs .I value the individual’s search for meaning.
I believe that the relationship we develop is fundamental to counselling. Through our developing therapeutic relationship you may discover insights into how you relate, and other possible ways of being and responding. As you begin to reflect, and develop a dialogue, you may develop insight, self-understanding and compassion. This can begin to effect the changes you seek.
I bring warmth and openness to my work, seeking to create a trusting relationship. I am flexible and empathic, working to develop understanding and insight to enable self-acceptance and growth.
I aim to work with you in a supportive and collaborative way, to explore and clarify your options in the here and now. I will provide a safe place where you can express your feelings and explore your issues. We may also use mindfulness if you resonate with this approach.
Through private practice and work within a variety of agencies over the last 20 years I have gained wide experience experience of working with relationships, self-esteem issues, identity, loss and bereavement, anxiety and depression, and many other issues. I have also worked with young people on the autistic spectrum as a learning assistant and tutor.
I completed an initial Diploma training as a counsellor in 1991 at the Institute of Education in London, gaining an Advanced Diploma in Counselling and Interpersonal Skills.
I gained a Post graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychological Studies in 2012 from Metanoia Institute and Middlesex University.
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