Firstly I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy) Registered Counsellor. My Registration number is 733722.
Being a trained and qualified counsellor, I adhere to the ethical framework and code of good practice of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy www.bacp.co.uk ). I have both public liability and professional indemnity insurances.
I hold a Level 4 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling awarded by the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)and have worked in a number of different organisations offering counselling and support to individuals from adolescents to adults . Beyond my private practice, I work for the Salvation Army as an Addictions Counsellor in a Residential Rehabilitation centre. I have also worked for the Youth Counselling Service as a counsellor for adolescents.
Prior to this, I worked with the Victims Support Unit counselling victims of crime and their families.
My qualifications are as follows:
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (QCF) European Qualification Framework Level 5. Awarded by the CBCAB.
Level 2 & 3 Counselling awarded by AQA
Level 1 Counselling skills.
I also have certificates of training in :
- Understanding Drugs and Addiction - Kings College London
- Psychology of Mental Health - Nature or Nurture -University of Liverpool
- Understanding Psychosis and Schizophrenia - Kings College London
- Working with clients who self harm - NHS
- SWADS training in addiction
- Victims Support training in safeguarding young people and counselling victims of crime.
Before embarking on my career as a counsellor, I worked as an Analyst for a large building society and also in the public sector as a civilian in the police force. I have also been involved in numerous voluntary projects ranging from people with mental health issues and the homeless to victims of crime and the restorative justice system.
I passionately believe we are all capable of change and growth given the right environment. I feel having the time and space to have our feelings and inner thoughts heard and explored contributes to this process. I also believe everyone one has a right to be listened to and as human beings we are all valued. I have learnt to separate the behaviour from the person, not to judge,to listen to what's said and, more importantly, sometimes, what isn't.