I have been counselling for over 30 years. This initially began in 1983 in a voluntarily capacity whereby I facilitated therapeutic groups and individual sessions.
From 1995 until 2000 I consolidated this experience with formal training in Psychodynamic Counselling which culminated in an Advanced Diploma accredited by the Westminster Pastoral Foundation.
Following this I worked for fifteen years within the drug and alcohol addictions dependency field. This was both a challenging and rewarding experience and brought me in to contact with a broad diversity of people facing considerable difficulty and distress.
I have as a consequence extensive knowledge and clinical experience in working with trauma, relationship issues and overwhelming emotional experiences including those which can provoke anxiety, depression, anger and obsessive or phobic behaviour.
My role also gave me the opportunity to work in partnership with statutory services including the NHS mental-health sector and Children’s Services.
Throughout my career I have participated in continuing professional development (CPD) by means of specialised training courses. I have also devised and delivered such training.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and abide by their Ethical Framework of good practice principles, values and conduct.
I hold a current Enhanced DBS Certificate (Disclosure & Barring Service).
WPF Accredited Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2000)
WPF Accredited Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (1998)