I tailor how I work to suit the unique individual that you are, and I may draw upon different counselling approaches to suit your specific needs. My core training is in Gestalt therapy, person-centred counselling, and arts therapies.
I have a BACP accredited Diploma in Counselling, and a Certificate in Humanistic Counselling, both awarded by the Gestalt Centre in London. On their website, the centre describe Gestalt therapy as follows: Gestalt is a highly positive and practical integrative therapeutic approach. Broadly, Gestalt practitioners help people to focus on their immediate thoughts, feelings and behaviour and to better understand the way they relate to others. This increased awareness can help people to find a new perspective, see the bigger picture and start to effect changes.
If you’re interested in learning more about Gestalt therapy, the following page on the Gestalt Centre website is a very good starting point gestaltcentre.org.uk/what-is-gestalt/. If you would like to learn more about Humanistic counselling, and/or any other approaches to therapy, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) gives an overview on their website which you can view here www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/.
I also have an Advanced Diploma in Professional Development in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts, awarded by the London Metropolitan University, for which I studied at the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London. The arts can be a very helpful and effective way of expressing thoughts, feelings, and images that you may find difficult to put into words. Where appropriate, and without judgement, I may invite you to use arts materials to help raise your awareness of your experience, and express yourself in a creative and spontaneous way.
I’m passionate about supporting people with difficulties to live as full and satisfying a life as possible. As well as working as a counsellor in private practice, I have worked at a low-cost community counselling service in Kent, as I believe everyone should have access to the help they need. Here I worked with a wide range of clients from diverse backgrounds, and with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, self-harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I have also worked for the British Stammering Association, and as a group-worker with people with acute mental health diagnoses in London.
I also have many years' experience working in the field of health and social care, working with people with mild to severe learning and/or physical disabilities, as well as neurodevelopmental conditions such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). My work in this field has seen me placed in a variety of community settings including clients' family homes, supported living schemes, and residential units, supporting clients emotionally, physically, and practically to live as fulfilling and independent a life as possible.
In order to be of best possible service to my clients, I undertake regular Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, and keep up to date with the latest developments in the mental health field. CPD trainings I have attended include:
Trauma and the Brain
Awareness of Trauma and Dissociation
The Dissociative Self and Autism
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - How Therapy Can Help