My core approach as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist is Person-Centred. I have also completed further, post-qualifying training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, which I utilise in my work. In addition I offer techniques drawn from Focusing and Mindfulness. I am fully qualified, with a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from the University of East Anglia and a Diploma in CBT from the Institute of Counselling (University of the West of Scotland). I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), the national regulatory body for the profession. My work is covered by the BACP Code of Ethics and I have full professional indemnity and public liability insurance in place. I also have an enhanced DBS for working with children and vulnerable adults. For your peace of mind, I am happy to make all documentation available to you. More information on my work can be found on the 'How I Work' and 'Areas of Work' pages. I am also registered with the Counselling Directory.
Prior to training as a Psychotherapist, I worked for eighteen years as a teacher and manager in further and higher education. I make use of the skills gained here in my therapeutic work, particularly where it involves an element of 'psycho-eduction', such as helping a client to manage stress, addictive behaviours, difficulties related to sleep or for improving psychological well-being generally. I am also an experienced personal and professional development adviser. Having worked in large, complex organisations I have a working understanding of the stresses of a busy workplace and the expectations of demanding job roles.
I have also worked as an Anglican Priest in parish and chaplaincy posts. I hold postgraduate qualifications in pastoral theology and have over twenty years experience of pastoral work with people from all walks of life, and at times of personal distress and complex need. I am very interested in integrating elements of spirituality in therapeutic work, if this feels appropriate to you. 'Spirituality' is often undervalued as a vehicle for exploring, accessing and expressing core identity and values. It need not be specifically religious; in fact, it often isn't. I would like to reassure you that I bring an open, accepting and non-judgemental approach to my work. It feels important to emphasise this, as I know that 'religion' has been the cause of significant hurt for some.