I embarked on a career in counselling because it helped me through some difficult times, and I firmly believe it can help others too. Counselling can be hard work and emotionally challenging, but also rewarding and even enjoyable. It certainly does not have to be all serious.
I try to bring all aspects of my personality into my work with clients in the hope that my clients feel comfortable and safe enough to share their stories, feelings and experiences with me. By becoming more self-aware, clients might in this way find a more meaningful way forward.
I work in an integrative way as a counsellor which means I draw upon different theoretical approaches when I work with clients, rather than working with just one approach. I will tailor what I offer to you, the client, depending on your needs and requirements.
My work is significantly influenced by the person-centred (humanistic) approach to counselling where the belief is that all human beings have the ability to fulfil their full potential provided the right conditions are present. However, I also draw significant inspiration from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Solution-Focused and the Psychodynamic approaches to counselling, and the Systemic Approach for couples counselling. I am also a qualified and accredited EMDR Therapist - EMDR therapy is specifically aimed at dealing with trauma and distressing memories. Read more about Trauma Therapy here. I generally offer therapy on a weekly or bi-monthly basis to ensure momentum is gained in the work and that issues can be worked through consistently and safely.
Patient and Family Counsellor/Pschotherapist at a leading London Hospice
Clinical Supervisor at a Shirley High School in Croydon (2018-2023). I offered group clinicial supervison to the counselling staff and counselling student volunteers.
Lead School Counsellor at a Shirley High School in Croydon (2016-2022). Service level agreement with the school to provide the counselling provision to all students. I offered placement opportunties to counsellors in training to complete clinical hours for their course requirements and clinicial supervison to the counselling student volunteers.
Children and Young People
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