My Training Path
~ The Person-Centred approach built the foundation of my philosophy ~
"My belief is that everybody has the innate desire and ability to reach their full potential in life and love if they are given the right conditions to discover inner resources to start the journey.”
My career history is varied. I left high school at age 16 after sitting my GCSE exams to work for my father, as the Office Administrator within his successful offshore company. I left to pursue a career, in social work, and later in the counselling field, eventually going into the NHS as high-intensity counsellor for IAPT services alongside setting up a private practice in 2012 with accredited status.
I use my skills for psycho-education to teach people about the importance of good relationships, supporting self-awareness which optimises Mental health & Well-being. I have my own success stories where I have climbed the metaphorical mountain (life's problems) in order to reach the summit of a problem, which has made me more empathic.
I worked at a local housing association, who care for individuals in various roles, in Mental health and learning difficulties, then Women experiencing DV. I found, helping them live a safe and more meaningful authentic life rewarding.
In 2004 I began my journey as a therapist. It has been a truly life-changing time and I have met some wonderful people both clients and fellow colleagues.
I now use an integrated approach. The focus is very much embodied empathy (Gendlin) and learnt ideas from theory, psychology, and Bowlby's attachment theory. I use breathing exercises for anxiety, as well as grounding techniques from shiatsu practice to manage overwhelming emotions.
I use some Mindfulness techniques to focus on the here and now.
I qualified with distinction in CBT and use this approach for unwanted symptoms and negative core beliefs.
I work for EAP (Employment Assisted Programme) CBT Clinics, PFOA (Police & Firearms Officers Association) Body Care clinics, Health Assured & Moving Minds.
I consider my breakthrough tool facilitating with horses. There is a strong natural bond between horse and man.
I have 5 years of training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
This can offer an alternative approach when working alongside participants who are deeply struggling with an aspect of their life.
The Benefits Of Nature
I was fortunate being bought up in a family of horse lovers and find balance being in the fresh air surrounded by countryside, horse-riding or walking. I use photography, breathing techniques, mindfulness and grounding exercises as well as spending time with friends or family to feel connected to a meaningful life.
Balance And Equilibrium
Finding Inner calm & sense of balance in a fast-paced world can be challenging. We find the emphasis is on doing, rather than being. Clients will often discover their imbalances during therapy which can be corrected once identified.
Counselling sessions create an open atmosphere for exploration, to re-discover what makes you happy, learn to trust in humanity, also learn to express yourself more fully.
Professional Body And Registration
I am registered with the awarding body
- The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP)
- The United Kingdom of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (UKRCP)
- EAGALA (Equine Assisted Psychotherapy And Learning Association)
I adhere to their code of ethics and good practice guide.
- Counsellor of PCA
- BACP Recognised Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Member of EAGALA (Horse Assisted psychotherapy)
- Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
- Couples counselling Diploma
- Equine Assisted Learning Psychotherapy certificates
- BA Humanistic Counselling Degree - Year 1
- Accreditated status BACP
- CBT Diploma Distinction
- Certificate In Supervision Practice
- NLP Coaching certificate
Training And Ongoing Professional Development
I attend South Nottingham Counselling Networking Meeting and courses on a variety of subjects linked to human well-being, suffering and the symptoms that ail the human race.
I am committed to continuous professional development (CPD) and have listed some of the symptoms and difficulties I work with during counselling –
- Anger Issues
- Attachment Disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Eating Disorders
- Bulimia & Anorexia
- Self Harm
- Alcohol Dependancy
- Drug Dependancy
- Self Esteem
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Emotional Regulation
- Problem Resolution
- Assertive communication
- Decision Making
- Work Place Stress
- Creative Expression & Relaxation Techniques
Would you benefit from retracing your tracks to find answers to your troubles? When trials and storms enter your life they can leave insurmountable difficulties that can often be successfully worked on during the Counselling process. This offers emotional relief and restoration.