Thank you for visiting my website-and I hope you find it helpful. I have tried to keep the information brief but please take a look and if you have any questions don't hesitate to get in touch.
Some Information about my background:
Iinitially I trained at Durham University, as a Person Centred counsellor many years ago. I work within the ethical framework of the Bristish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I am an Accredited Member of the BACP.
I worked as a counsellor within an NHS hospital for many years and have around 2000 hours counselling experience in a wide number of areas.
Over the years I have become more varied and eclectic in my approach to counselling as I have gained experience in a variety of counselling interventions such as:
CognitiveBehavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) - I have found EFT to be very effective in all sorts of situations. I am a Level 2 Accredited AAMET EFT Practitioner and have found EFT to be helpful with a variety of emotional difficulties including, anxiety, trauma, bereavement and phobias to name but a few.
Supervision - I have been a qualified Level 5 NCFE Supervisor of Counsellors for a number of years.
Bereavement - Over the years, I have supported people who have been bereaved in a variety of ways. I am an Accredited counsellor in Bereavement Support with Cruse and have counselled people bereaved by illness, sudden death, trauma, suicide as well as the death of a baby due to miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death. Cruse is a charity which offers counselling support to anyone suffering from the effects of a bereavement. I have been a voluntary counsellor and supervisor for Cruse for a number of years.
These are a few of the types of difficulties in which I have experience in counselling:
Death of a baby by miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death
Gynaecological problems, e.g. Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) or Vaginismus (spasm in the muscles of the vagina)
Low self esteem or confidence
Post natal depression
Post traumatic stress
Termination of pregnancy decision making and the aftermath of the decision
Work related issues
Samaritans - For a long time I was a Samaritan volunteer speaking with Callers both on the telephone and face to face. As a Samaritan I was priviledged to be with the people who called when they were at their lowest ebb, when they were despairing and very often suicidal. Sometimes it was through talking and sharing the difficulties that we were able to find some ways of tackling the problems and finding solutions.
I learned much as a Samaritan volunteer and it was partially due to my experience in that Organisation that I decided to learn more and take Counsellor training.
I am happy to offer short or long-term therapy as required.