Qualifications And Experience

Qualifications – 

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy 
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents
  • Diploma in Professional Studies, Counselling
  • CPD for working with Couples 
  • CPD 2 parts working with Narcissistic Abuse in families

With over 13 years experience, I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited Counsellor and Psychotherapist. My accrediting bodies are: The British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Association for Cognitive Analytic Therapists (ACAT). 

Experience –

Most recently I was the School Counsellor for John Cabot Academy in Kingswood, Bristol. Working with children from years 7-11 (aged 11-16).

Previous to this I worked within the NHS for 8 years using Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Counselling and Psychotherapy, on short and long term basis in the following settings: GP surgeries, the NHS Talking Therapies Service (IAPT),  Complex Needs Service within the Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT’s) in Wells and Berkshire and Maggie’s Cancer Charity in Oxford. I have also supervised other professionals in their work.  

I have a proven record of helping many people to see past what may be troubling them. The range of issues I have worked with includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Relationship Issues
  • Parenting challenges / relationships within the family / conflict with parents
  • Depression and Anxiety (mild / recent — severe / enduring)
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Bereavement and Loss (adult and childhood losses)
  • Identity Problems
  • Trauma and Abuse (past and/or present)
  • Rape and Sexual Assult
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harming and Suicide
  • Anger
  • Bullying
  • Life Adjustments
  • Postnatal Depression
  • Problem Solving 
  • Troubles concentrating at school / behaviour issues
  • Exam pressures / anxiety

Prior to training as a Counsellor, I worked therapeutically with individuals and groups for over 12 years across a number of settings including charities, Drug and Alcohol Services and Rehabilitation Centres, and the prison service.

I work in accordance with BACP and ACAT code’s of ethics and practice, I am Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checked.