Straight Talk Counselling

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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 ). 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.

I have also attended numerous seminars and weekend courses to update my learning and training on a regular basis.

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.

My Philosophy

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.