Many years ago, I went to see a counsellor for the first time. It felt strange and almost self-indulgent, talking about myself. But gradually I got used to it and I even began to like it.
I noticed I felt happier. I made better choices. Over time, I found that therapy had a powerful transformational effect. It wasn’t always easy to sum up how or why. But everything looked different. I was different.
I wanted to know more about what had happened to me. I read books about therapy. I became a voluntary ‘befriender’ for MIND and I found the work hugely rewarding.
Then I decided to have proper training as a counsellor, so that I would really know what I was doing and be able to help other people professionally. The training was hard work, but I learned a great deal about helping others and about myself.
My experience as a counsellor
My counselling training started over 20 years ago. For the last ten years I have worked as a private counsellor in East London (Bethnal Green).
I have also worked in a natural health centres, in the City, at a doctor’s surgery and in a support centre for young people.
How I work
My training is in ‘therapeutic counselling’. This means I work with both present-day issues, such as anxiety, depression and stress, and with problems which stem from the past, which may need longer-term psychotherapy.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). BACP has an ‘Ethical Framework’ which I follow. This code guides counsellors on best practice for their work and ensures that you receive the best possible help.
- Certificate in Focusing Skills.
- Certificate in Life Coaching.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
- Combined Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory.
- Diploma in Acting from Guildford School of Acting.
- MA in English from Oxford University.
I attend regular courses for Continual Professional Development, which is expected for all counsellors by BACP. For example, I have attended recent training on Diversity Issues, ‘Focusing‘, ‘Mindfulness‘ and CBT for Person-Centred Counsellors.
I also have regular monthly supervision, to ensure I am providing the best possible service for my clients. This is in accordance with BACP guidelines.
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I look forward to hearing from you.