My own counselling experience:
I remember very well being a client for the first time. I didn't know what to expect. I found that to have the support and space to talk to someone outside of my family and friends was a relief. I wasn't being offered well-meaning advice but was being heard. I came out with more insight as to why I was behaving and feeling the way I did and had more clarity in how I wanted to be and live my life.
My therapeutic model:
My foundation is as a person-centred therapist, which means that I believe that we all have the capacity and the wisdom to resolve our difficulties and to improve our lives. Unfortunately this ability to know what is right for us can become blocked when we are in distress and have negative life experiences - particularly those that affect our sense of value or around feelings of shame.
I sometimes use aspects of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and TA (Transactional Analysis) to work in a more direct way and depending on the clients wishes.
I hold a BA (Hons) degree in Person-Centred Counselling from the University of Middlesex and a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling from the Metanoia Institute in London.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP) and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice and am professionally supervised. Please have a look at www.bacp.co.uk for more information.
Outside of my private practice, I have experience of seeing clients from many different cultural and social backgrounds at Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Services (MCPS), The Counselling Partnership, Place2Be and Ealing Abbey Counselling Services (EACS). These are all not-for profit organisations providing low-cost counselling within the community.
Certificate in CBT - The Grove, London
Certificate in Couples Counselling, Metanoia Institute
TA 101 certificate, Ironmill College, Poole