My qualifications and experience
NCFE Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Level 5
Open University courses:
Introduction to Psychology
Death and Dying
Introduction to Counselling
Mental Illness in Society
Diploma in Homebased Childcare
I am a member of the BACP and adhere to their ethical guidelines.
I am also an accredited provider for The Foundation for Infant Loss.
I have an enhanced DBS check (previously CRB), and hold professional indemnity insurance.
During my training I offered adult bereavement counselling services for St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, and have since been a youth counsellor in local Harris Academy Schools for four years. I have worked in private practice from my home office for two years. Before I became a counsellor I spent ten years working with young children and their parents, and am acquainted with concerns experienced by the gifted and talented, children with Asperger's, ADHD and ODD, physical challenges, hearing and speech difficulties.
As a carer myself I am passionate about supporting adults with and parents of children with learning difficulties such as Asperger's, autism and ADHD, as they are so often overlooked, and I also value working with individuals with physical challenges. I am experienced in the trials of mixed race relationships, and also the identity issues of mixed race children.
My continuing personal development (CPD) training, and areas of personal interest, include:
Call: 07712 011180
My counselling approach
My core training is in Person Centred Counselling, an approach developed by Dr Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987). It moves away from the idea of patients and specialists, rather focussing on developing a trusting relationship between counsellor and client, who meet as equals. You are the expert in your life, not me. By creating an atmosphere of value and trust, Rogers felt that everybody can look within themselves and work out ways to improve their situation, allowing them to move towards fulfilling their potential. He called this humankinds' Actualising Tendency.
Integratively I will also include other methods, such as CBT, creative imagery, narrative and solution-focussed techniques, to help you to accomplish your goals. Every person is unique, you will have your own individual aims, and I do not feel that these should be confined to solutions from any individual model of counselling, but rather should evolve during the sessions.
'The good life is a process, not a state of being.
It is a direction, not a destination' - Carl Rogers