A Wealth of Experience
Before becoming a Counsellor, I was as a Human Resources director in the software industry in Berkshire. I could see the impact of bereavement, stress, anxiety and depression on the employees. My colleagues used to tell me that I have a natural ability to relate to others and for this reason realised I could more people than at work. Hence, I became a Counsellor.
In the recent past I was Chair of Cruse West Berkshire. I worked a bereavement Counsellor for 8 years. Today I am a Supervisor for other Counsellors. This work along with my business has contributed to the 1000’s of hours of therapy I have provided to bereaved people.
I will never say I have seen it all, but I do have many years of experience. Further training each year keeps me abreast of latest counselling techniques and consequently enhances my skills for your benefit.
I work with young and old, and people of different ethnicities and religions. There is no magic formula to the work as emotions vary from loss and frustration through to anger or total despair.
See my counselling page to understand more about counselling.
Background and Qualifications
My training has been broad and varied.
I started with a Counselling Skills certificate from the Westminster Pastoral Foundation (2002)
Then I went on to a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from the Counselling & Psychotherapy Award Body (CPCAB).
Each year I undertake many hours of training on a variety of counselling subjects. These broaden my skills. I hold a variety of certificates from Oxford University and other professional bodies.
As a qualified professional I practice within the guidelines of the Ethical Framework as laid down by the BACP.
My Counselling Approach
I am a qualified Counsellor using multiple approaches for my Counselling practice. I mainly use Person Centred, Psychodynamic and CBT counselling approaches.
Person centred counselling is a non-judgemental approach. I aim to provide reassurance and encouragement as you “relocate” your thoughts. These thoughts maybe affecting your personal and social relationships.
Psychodynamic therapy looks further back in the client’s life. Here, I aim to bring to light instances that may be affecting you today, so that we may rationalise them.
CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) is a well known counselling approach which focuses on how your thoughts and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour.
In summary, I use the best of various approaches hence I am known as an Integrative Counsellor.