'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
My Career So Far
Who am I?
I am an individual like you, and I am different. I have lived and healed through my own experiences: I have been where you are and I have been through my own personal therapeutic journey.
I began my Counselling training in 2003 and qualified in 2007 by completing the Level 4 Diploma. I then chose to continue my education and my next step is to achieve my PhD.
My Core Counselling Qualifications
-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 Honours Degree in Counselling
-Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling and Psychotherapy
I have also developed an extensive portfolio of over 100 specialist training certificates
and additional counselling qualifications - Including Gestalt and creative methods.
My Parallel Career
Adjacent to my counselling role, since 2001, I have had 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 qualifications in every sector, including:
-Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People
-Level 3 Diploma in Supporting Children in Schools
My work experience includes the following:
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. SEN requirements and emotional and behavioural needs
Schedule one offenders aged 13+
Young women and Adults aged 14+ who were situated 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 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