Before qualifying as a counsellor I had a long career in the corporate world at a senior level. It was a natural transition for me to become a counsellor as I have always had an open door policy at work with staff and colleagues who wanted to see me to discuss a particular problem or to share something that was on their mind. During this time I became aware of how communication plays an important part in meeting an individuals needs for both adults and children alike - how important it is to have a voice and be heard.
I have a diploma in Person Centred counselling although this is complemented by training in other approaches. I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend professional training, workshops, conferences and seminars; I also receive regular supervision in order to maintain a high level of competence. I hold full professional liability insurance and an enhanced DBS check.
In addition to my private work, I am a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care for both adults and Children and Young People, I am a member of a team who volunteer support during major sporting and cultural events across the country and for major incidents â€“ I was one of only a handful of Cruse counsellors on standby at the London 2012 Olympics. I have also provided counselling services for a local Drug and Alcohol service Oasis Health and Wellbeing.