The BACP & FdSC Integrative Counselling
I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psycotherapists (BACP), one of the UK's leading governing bodies for Counsellors and Psycotherapists. The BACP is accredited by the Professional Standards Authority. My membership number is 107242. As a Registered Member of the BACP I am bound to adhere to their code of ethics and I am also goverend by their complaints procedure.
I qualified as a Counsellor in 2013 from the University of Greenwich. My training was in Integrative Counselling (2009 BACP accredited course) which means that I am qualified to work with different modalities that best suit the person I am working with, at any stage of their counselling journey. Some of the modalities I use are Gestalt, Cognitive, Transactional Analysis and Psychodynamic.
However, none of these therapies stand any chance of success if the relationship between client and therapist doesn’t grow to form a trusting bond between both parties. I believe that a trusting relationship is the fundamental basis of successful counselling, hence the bedrock of my practice is based on the theories of Carl R. Rogers i.e. "The therapeutic relationship is the critical variable..." .To develop such a relationship takes time but has to start somewhere.
I began my career as a Counsellor with Phoenix Futures, a residential rehabilitation organisation for drug and alcohol dependency. This gave me the experience of working with people from all walks of life and all ages helping them deal with past events that led them to a life of addiction.
From Phoenix Futures I moved to All Saints Counselling Service, a charity based in Portsmouth. Again, giving my time to ASCS, along with my private practice, gives me the experience of sharing the journies of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. My area of expertise is in trauma which in turn encompasses a diverse field of topics such as anxiety and depression to sexual, physical and mental abuse, all of which can be either happening in the here and now or come from the past. Which ever the case, all can have a negative impact on a happier future and my aim as a counsellor is to ensure that by being part of your journey, together we can prevent that from happening.
( McLeod, S. A. (2015). Person centered therapy. Retrieved from https://www.simplypsychology.org/client-centred-therapy.html )