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About Me

... I am a fully qualified and professionally registered and accredited counsellor & psychotherapist 

I have over seven years' professional and academic training in counselling and psychotherapy underpinned by a lifelong commitment to learning and personal development.  Originally my background was in research in the biological sciences followed by accountancy, however I have now worked for many years in a variety of different settings supporting people of all ages and backgrounds with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.  Although I now work full time with adults and young people in private practice, before this I was employed in the third sector both in a community counselling service seeing clients for the NHS and as a school and youth service based child and adolescent counsellor.  I have also worked for a number of years in a supervisory role for a mental health crisis helpline, in bereavement support as well as in a social inclusion service.  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.

Professional

Formal Qualifications
 

  • MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction)

  • GCert Integrative Counselling (Distinction)

  • BSc (Hons) 

  • 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.

My competences and practise standards are aligned with column C of the SCoPEd framework, representing the highest tier within this framework.  This categorisation recognises therapists who have undergone enhanced training and personal development, and who possess wide and extensive experience in the field.  You can read more about SCoPEd here

My core training in psychotherapy was conducted through a UKCP-accredited, master's-level program spanning six years. This in-depth and comprehensive training required ongoing weekly personal therapy throughout, as well as extensive clinical practise and supervision far exceeding the requirements of many other professional bodies.  This ensures high standards of practise, and underscores my commitment to maintaining ethical and quality care, ensuring you receive the best possible support.

Ethical Accountability

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 (Snr Accred): Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This can be checked on the BACP's register of therapists.  Being a senior accredited member of the BACP means that my experience, knowledge and development meet high standards as assessed by the BACP.   

  • UKCP: Registered and Accredited Psychotherapist of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).  This can be checked on the UKCP's register of psychotherapists.

  • UPCA:  Accredited Psychotherapist 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:

  

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Insurance

I  hold a valid Professional Indemnity Insurance - Please ask if you wish to view it.

GDPR

I am registered with the information commissioner.

For my complete privacy statement please see here

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.

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