... I am a fully qualified and professionally registered counsellor
I have over seven years' professional and academic training in counselling and psychotherapy underpinned by a lifelong commitment to learning and personal development. As well as seeing adult clients both in private practice and for a community counselling service, I am also employed in the third sector as a school based child and adolescent counsellor and work as a supervisor for a mental health crisis helpline. Though originally my background was in the biological sciences followed by accountancy, I have now worked for several years in a variety of different settings supporting people of all ages and backgrounds with their mental health and emotional wellbeing. I became interested in becoming a therapist through engaging in my own personal therapy, and the years I have spent working with my own integrative psychotherapist has been a key factor both in my therapeutic training and personal development. As well as giving me an appreciation of the complexity of the therapeutic process, partaking in my own psychotherapy also gives me a sensitivity to the courage and desire it takes to come to therapy and means I share the common experience of encountering difficulties, seeking help and figuring out how to thrive. Though this doesn't mean I will immediately understand your situation, it does mean I can vouch for the effectiveness of therapy and truly believe it can work for you as well.
PgDip Integrative Psychotherapy (child & adult)
GCert Integrative Counselling
CPCAB certificate counselling skills for working with Children
Continuing Professional Development
In line with the ethical frameworks I follow, I undertake a minimum of 50 hours of CPD a year to ensure that my professional skills are up to date and continually developing. In addition to my core psychotherapy training I have also completed specialist courses in areas such as suicide, self harm, eating disorders, bereavement, trauma, sexual abuse, mindfulness, play therapy, using creativity in counselling and working online.
Ongoing Professional Training
Although I am already a fully qualified and registered counsellor with the BACP, I am currently in the final months of advanced masters level training and about to become a fully registered and accredited UKCP registered child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist. Psychotherapy training involves a four-year, postgraduate, in-depth and experiential training in how to work with a variety of people with a wide range of emotional distress, mental health issues and difficulties. My training in child psychotherapy means I have specific skills, training and experience to work with younger clients since it is not the same as working with adults.
The BACP and UKCP maintain accredited registers, which contain the details of practitioners who have met the standards of professional competence deemed by the organisation as necessary to practise competently and ethically. The clinical associations to which I belong are as follows:
MBACP: Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) This can be checked on the BACP's register of therapists. I meet the requirements for BACP accreditation.
UKCP: Trainee Member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). This can be checked on the UKCP's register of trainee psychotherapists.
UPCA: Member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA), which is an organisational member of the UKCP.
I practice according to the ethical frameworks of the above organisations which includes meeting the requirement for continued professional develop and attending regular professional supervision for all my client work, which are designed to safeguard your welfare as a client. You can read more about my clinical supervision here.
You can view the ethical codes to which I adhere below:
I hold a valid Professional Indemnity Insurance - Please ask if you wish to view it.
Disclosure & Barring
I also hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate, and keep up to date with mandatory courses for safeguarding young people and vulnerable adults. Please ask if you wish to view.