MBACP Integrative counsellor offering counselling to individuals and children who seek a safe and confidential place in which to explore personal issues. I began my training as a counsellor at Central School Of Counselling And Therapy and specialised in counselling for children and adolescents for a year, and went on to gain an advanced diploma in therapeutic counselling through the CPCAB. My core training was based on psychodynamic, CBT and person centred.
My route into counselling has been varied previously working as a careers consultant for the Communications Industry. I worked with a broad range of clients from recent graduates to middle weight/senior candidates who wanted to change direction in their career. Our one to one consultations would invariably bring both personal and professional concerns and issues. This combined with my voluntary work with Victim Support and a brief stint at Kith and Kids helped confirm my desire to train as a counsellor and I wanted to develop and professionally support and understand my client base. I enjoyed the diversity both my work and voluntary experience incorporated. But as my counselling training progressed I wanted to work and challenge my skills and theory in different settings. I was very fortunate to be able to work for both Mind and Camden, City, Islington and Westminster Bereavement service where I established a great deal of knowledge and experience of working with stress, depression, bullying, bereavement, anxiety, relationship issues, redundancy, abuse.
Eventually I set up as an independent counsellor at my previous company in conjunction as project manager. This gave me the belief and initiative to run my own private practise, which is where I am today. Alongside my private practise I work as a school counsellor with weekly one-to-one sessions with clients who have a sustained need for more intense work in a primary school setting. Tailoring the sessions according to each child’s needs, in an age-appropriate way. For younger children using an approach which encourages children to express themselves in non-verbal ways, for example through artwork or play.
In addition I run with a fellow therapist ” Hertfordshire Therapist group” which meets on the second Sunday of the month throughout the year . Our aim is to provide peer support and peer supervision for one another, as well CPD points. Each month we have a talk on a relevant subject that invariably leads to discussion about practice.