Qualified person-centred counsellor
I decided to train as a counsellor following a long career working for a local authority, where my role was to provide support to children, young people and their families. Leaving my career and making the first step to become a counsellor was a big decision. It meant a change in my life and change can feel scary and uncertain. However, I can say that my decision to become a counsellor has been one of the best decisions that I have made.
I believe that everyone can lead happy and fulfilling lives, however, there are times that happiness and fulfilment can seem difficult; and events in life get in the way of this. With my training and skills, you no longer have to struggle alone or just get through life. I can help you to make sense of what is preventing you from living the life that you want, and I can offer insight that helps to support change and enable you to live a more fulfilled and happier life.
I understand that taking the step to come into counselling can vary; each of us is unique and experience situations and life events in our own way. There is no right or wrong way to feel about coming into counselling and it can feel daunting for many of us. Or, you may be finding it difficult to see what the benefits of counselling are. Men and women of all ages and backgrounds seek counselling and finding someone to talk through what is troubling you can help you to feel better about yourself and your situation. I offer a warm, safe and comfortable environment so that you can explore and understand experiences that have impacted on the way that you are feeling and help you to move towards a more contented life.
"In any given moment we have two options: to step forward into growth or step back into safety" — Abraham Maslow
Training, qualifications and experience.
I am a qualified Person-Centred Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). Person-Centred Counselling is a humanistic approach to counselling. It means that as a counsellor I work alongside you to understand your experiences, from your perspective and what it means to be you, in your world; without judgement and bias. My approach enables you to gain a clearer understanding of your experiences and your thoughts and feelings. Making it possible for you to make positive changes in your life.
Introduction to Counselling
Level 2 in Counselling Skills - NCFE
Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills – NCFE
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling – ABC
Level 2 Youth & Community Worker – NVQ
Level 4 Learning Development Support Service – NVQ
National Programme for Specialist Leaders in Behaviour & Attendance – City and Guilds
I worked as a support practitioner for many years for a local authority and I have a wealth of experience with supporting children, young people and their families who have faced difficulties in their life, such as divorce, family breakdown, domestic abuse, challenging behaviour from children and young people, anxiety, depression, feeling angry and financial worries.
My career has also meant that I have had the privilege of meeting lots of people who have a diagnosis of dementia, and this has given me invaluable insight about the challenges they, their families and carers face.
As a counsellor, I have experience of working with men and women from a range of backgrounds and have come to counselling with a wide range of issues.
Isolation and Loneliness