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
Certificate in Focusing Skills, The British Focusing Association - November 2018
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