My Experience and Approach to Therapy

I am a fully qualified Counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (certificate number 082979). This means that I have reached a recognised level of competent practice which complies fully with BACP guidelines and ethics and I am listed on the register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists which is approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care.

In addition to being a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am also a member of the BACP Private Practice Specialist Division and the BACP Workplace Counselling Specialist Division.

You will find me listed on the ‘find a therapist’ section of the BACP website (http://www.bacp.co.uk/) and the Counselling Directory (http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/).

My Experience

I have a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology and I am trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and person centred counselling. I have also been trained to teach clients to use mindfulness skills and learning how to use mindfulness skills has benefitted many clients in my counselling practice.

My counselling training began in 2005 when I was trained by the Samaritans to work on their telephone helpline. I have also worked as a Counsellor for a variety of different organisations – a national drug and alcohol service, a charity for families and a high school.

westoe-practiceI set up my private practice in 2014 and I am based at the Westoe Practice in South Shields, a Centre for Health and Wellbeing established in 1995. I work with individuals who enquire about counselling directly, people who are referred by their employers and people who are referred by other organisations.

I provide employee counselling services for a number of organisations based in the North East. Part of my work with organisations involves working in-house as the Counsellor for an Occupational Health Company. I have worked with many people who were struggling with the stress and pressures of work and helped them to return to the workplace and remain in the workplace.

Alongside my counselling work I have previously worked in Human Resources for seven years and I have a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management and Development (with Distinction). I understand the issues facing employees and the benefits of counselling for employees and the organisations they work in.

My Approach to Therapy

My work is heavily influenced by the theory and practice of cognitive behavioural therapy but I believe that everybody is different and what works for one person does not necessarily work for another so I tailor my approach to suit each person.

Whilst cognitive behavioural therapy informs my practice, I believe that different approaches all have something to offer so I use a client-focussed approach and draw on techniques from other approaches too. This means that I have a variety of approaches that I am able to use and I am committed to finding the right approach or combination of approaches to suit you.

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I have supported people with a wide variety of issues including, addictions, anger, anxiety, bereavement, depression, eating disorders, loss, personal development, relationship issues, self-esteem/low self-confidence, stress, work related issues and many other personal issues.

I have a special interest in working with anxiety disorders, such as generalised anxiety disorder, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety and any other anxiety related issues.

Main Qualifications

2014    Level 5 Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (specialising in CBT)
2012    Level 3 Diploma in Counselling Skills
2007    Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and Development (Distinction)
2005    Level 1 National Award in Interpersonal Skills (a Counselling Skills Course)
2005    BSc (Hons) Degree in Psychology (First Class)

As a committed professional, I ensure that my practice is enhanced by attending regular training events and courses. This ensures that my skills and knowledge remain up to date. I also adhere to the BACP requirement that Counsellors must receive regular counselling supervision.