I have many years of counselling experience working in voluntary organisations and in private practice.
Much of my work has been with couples (and sometimes individuals) wanting to achieve change in a relationship. I also have broad experience of working with people who are going through the pain of loss and bereavement.
In addition to completing my initial training in couple counselling in the 1990’s, I hold the following formal qualifications in counselling:
- Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of Cumbria, 2013
- Diploma in Relationship Counselling, York St. John University, 2013
- Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, 2012
- Diploma in Counsellor Supervision, York St. John University, 2011
I also hold a BA (Hons) in Social Studies (Psychology & Sociology), University of Liverpool and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Crewe & Alsager and have had previous careers in teaching and management and finance in social care before changing to work full time as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
I attend regular workshops and training groups to further my on-going professional development and I keep up to date with research and advances in counselling, especially where these may enhance my own practice.
I receive regular supervision for all my counselling work to ensure it is of a high standard.
As a Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy I adhere to its Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions and Professional Conduct Procedure.