As a Registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP
) I adhere by their code of ethics and framework which helps keep client and counsellor safe.
I qualified in 2004, and have a Diploma Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling. For the last 15 years I have been privileged to work with many adults and children from a variety of social, cultural and ethnic backgrounds facing a wide range of difficulties and challenges. These have included loss and bereavement, relationship issues, self-harm, depression, chronic illness, anger, abuse, anxiety, family issues, low self – esteem, confidence issues, separation.
I have also worked as a counsellor for family matters, a charity which provides counselling for survivors of physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
Whilst working for family matters I received training in art therapy using different types of art media. If appropriate and with the clients consent I work creatively (e.g drawing,painting,sand tray, letter writing) this is to aid emotional expression.
I have had experience working with school children offering play therapy in a school setting. This was for a charity organisation Theplace2be.
I have provided counselling for people training to become a counsellor. The focus for this work has been working with their personal issues and their development through personal counselling.
I have also undertaken work with clients in the work place, offering time limited sessions. The key benefits of counselling for staff are:
- supporting staff Wellbeing, including productivity and burnout.
- improving staff morale can reduce staff sick leave and absenteeism.
- staff are likely to feel more valued
- providing a safe and confidential place for staff to “offload”