'People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a little on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color." I don't do that. I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.' - Carl Rogers
Who am I?
I am an individual like you. I am different. I am neurodivergent and I have lived through my own experiences and I have been where you are. I have been through my own therapeutic journey, training and experience and I have learnt.
My Core Counselling Qualifications
I began my Counselling training back in 2003
-Level 2 in Counselling Skills
-Level 3 in Counselling Practice
-Level 4 in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
-Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Counselling Practice and Theory
-Batchelor of Science (BSc) First Class Honors Degree in Counselling
-Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Additional Counselling Qualifications - Including Gestalt and creative methods here
My Parallel Career
Over the last 22 years, adjacent to my counselling roles, I have chosen to have a diverse career working in different environments, to enable me to support adults, young people and families from different backgrounds. Throughout this career I have progressed to management and have gained qualification in every different sector, including an extensive portfolio of specialist training.
-Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People
-Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Children in Schools
Adults who had suffered childhood sexual abuse and exploitation
Children aged 6-18 who needed emergency accommodation
Children aged 8-18 who had suffered sexual abuse
Individuals aged 8-25 with significant learning and physical challenges
Males aged 11-21 who exhibit sexually harmful behaviours.
Looked after Children aged between 5-21
Children aged 11-18 who had experienced, and were experiencing, being sexually exploited.
Adults with a diagnosis or traits of Borderline Personality Disorder/EUPD
Young people aged 13-18 from psychiatric hospitals who needed specialist support to integrate back into society
Secondary school children (11-16) in a mainstream school. SEND requirements and emotional and behavioural needs
Schedule one offenders aged 13+
Young women and Adults aged 14+ who were detained in psychiatric hospitals
My enhanced DBS and safeguarding training requirements have been continuously updated throughout my career and are both not due to expire until 2024
My specialities (but not exclusively), are:
Neurodiversity. Autism. Asperger's. ADHD.
Suicidal ideation and Self-injury
Gender identity and sexuality
Abuse. Including historical.
Confidence and self-esteem
Within our first telephone contact, we will explore what you would like to gain from Counselling and explore whether we both feel we are a good fit for each other.
'The kind of caring that the client-centered therapist desires to achieve is a gullible caring, in which clients are accepted as they say they are, not with a lurking suspicion in the therapist's mind that they may, in fact, be otherwise. This attitude is not stupidity on the therapist's part; it is the kind of attitude that is most likely to lead to trust, to further self-exploration, and to the correction of false statements as trust deepens.' - Carl Rogers