My counselling approach

My core training is in Person Centred Counselling, an approach developed by Dr Carl Rogers (1902 - 1987).  It hinges upon the counsellor and client meeting as equals, the essential ingredient being the quality of the relationship between them.  By creating an atmosphere if value and trust, Rogers felt that this would help a person to improve their situation, allowing them to move towards fulfillment of their potential.  He called this humankinds' 'Actualising Tendency'.  

My qualifications and experience

NCFE Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling – Level 5. 

Open University courses: 
Introduction to Psychology 
Death and Dying 
Understanding Children 
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 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 the 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 have personal experience of 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:

  • Bereavement Support training: St Christopher’s Hospice
  • Families Experiencing Domestic Violence Workshop: Separation & Reunion Forum
  • Capacity Building Project: Tavistock and Portman Trust; included modules on depression, anxiety and phobias, eating disorders, attachment, PTSD
  • Emotional Intelligence Workshop: Lewisham Children’s Centres
  • Working with Suicidal Clients: Andrew Reeves, BACP
  • CBT for OCD: Sally Ingram, BACP
  • CBT for Procrastination: Windy Dryden & City CBT Coaching
  • Negotiation Skills: Meaney, McConnell International
  • Time & Work Effectiveness: Meaney, McConnell International         
  • Understanding Eating Disorders: Allie Outram, BACP
  • Understanding the Impact of Childhood Abuse on Young People: Aqualma Murray, BACP
  • Dealing with Difficult People: Nicola Martin, City CBT Coaching
  • Supporting Children with ADHD: Bromley CAMHS      
  • ​LGBT & Psychotherapy - 35 Years of Change: Dominic Davies, City CBT Coaching
  • ​Counselling Couples: Pam Nell, Associated Examining Board
  • When Men Split Women and Why: The Madonna Whore Complex: Jacqueline Simon Gunn, Online Events
  • ​Counselling and the Autistic Spectrum: Liane Collins, Online Events
  • Cognitive Behavioural Coaching - The Key Concepts: Windy Dryden & City CBT Coaching
  • ​Trauma Grounding Techniques: Olivia Djouadi, Online Events

Talkthinkact contact:  07712 011180

Integratively I will also draw upon other methods, such as CBT, creative visualisation, narrative and solution-focussed techniques, to help you to accomplish your goals.  Just as every person is unique, you will have your own individual aims, and these should not be confined to solutions from one particular model.

     'The good life is a process, not a state of being.  

It is a direction, not a destination'  - Carl  Rogers