Personal Approach and Qualifications
It is my heartfelt intention to make a genuine connection with the client. I have have experience in meditation and feel the awareness developed through this helps the healing resonance that can take place in the counselling room. I have a strong interest in how existential issues may be of relevance to the therapeutic process. Also I believe that being present through mindfulness is of real value.
I am a qualified accredited counsellor in private practice and have experience with a wide range of issues. I work with a person-centred approach. My work mirrors the British Association for the Person-Centred Approach (BAPCA) principles - where the individual is believed to have intrinsic value and has a natural potential for growth, change and self-determination. I am an accredited member of BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as an individual member I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure. I am covered by liability insurance.
I have been involved with Brighton and Hove Cruse Bereavement Care, Sussex Breakeven ( Gambling issues) and CRI- Equinnox ( Drugs and alcohol) as a volunteer counsellor.
I have a strong sense of empathy for learning disabilities such as dyslexia.
Over a period of 20 years I have trained and had experience in meditation and mindfulness. This included different forms of meditation such as 'mindfulness of breathing'.
Professional Qualifications and Training
Foundation Degree in Counselling ( FdSc) accredited, University of Brighton ( Sussex Downs College) - July 2008
Equinox and CRI Drug and Alcohol Counselling Training ( 90 hrs), Brighton - February 2008
Cruse Bereavement Care Counsellor Training, Eastbourne - March 2007
Sussex Breakeven (Gamcare) Gambling Issues Training, Brighton - February 2007
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills ( OCN accredited - levels 2&3), Lewes - July 2006
Post Graduate Certificate in Education ( Primary Teacher), University of Brighton - July 1993
BSc (Hons) 2:1 Psychology, Unikversity of Sussex - July 1990