During my time working in a children’s home I came across a counselling skills course, and thought it would be helpful to my work in the home. I soon realised that the way we worked in the home, and saw the children, was in a counselling person-centred way. That whatever had happened to them they have the ability to move towards a more fulfilling and satisfying way of being, and living their lives to the full. That we didn't see the children as flawed, with problematic behaviours, and thoughts, who had no potential, and any chance of a happy life.
This way of working came naturally to me, and led me to want to be a counsellor. Working together we can help you make those changes, and grow.
Matrix Reimprinting. EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Academy, 2019
Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Levels 1 & 2. EFT & Matrix Reimprinting Academy, 2019
Mindfulness Diploma. The Centre of Excellence, 2019.
Pet Bereavement Counsellor Diploma. The Centre of Excellence, 2019.
The Foundation of Infant Loss Accredited Provider Training Course. The Foundation of Infant Loss, 2018
Advanced Certificate in Couples Counselling Course, six modules completed on; The Fundamentals of Couples Counselling, Meeting Your Partner's Needs, Dealing with Affairs, Communication and Difference, Sex and Ageing, and Couples in Conflict. The College of Sex and Relationship Therapists, 2017/18
Children and Young People Bereavement Counselling. Cruse Bereavement Care, 2003
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. University of Wales, 2002
Accredited Bereavement Counsellor. Cruse Bereavement Care, 2002
Supporting People after a Traumatic Event. Cruse Bereavement Care, 2002
Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling. University of Wales, 2001
Preliminary Certificate in Social Care. Newport College of FE, 1987
Training Days and Conferences
Abuse, Alcohol, Anger and Rage, Anxiety and OCD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Attachment, Bullying, Breathe Awareness, Depression, Data Protection, Conflict Awareness, Critical Incident, Diversity, Culture and Racism, Domestic Abuse, Dream Therapy, Drugs, Eating Disorders, First Person Plural, Gambling, Groupwork, Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and FGM, Imagework, LGBT, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Mental Health, OCD, PTSD, Reflective Practice, Sand Tray Therapy, Safeguarding, Self-harm, Sexual Health and Relationships, Sexuality, Self-care, Smoking Cessation, Steroids and Image Enhancing Drugs, Suicide Awareness and Workplace Counselling.
I set up my own private practice in 2017
College Counsellor, Coleg Gwent, 2003-2018
Residential Support Worker, Bristol City Council, 1987-2000
I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their ethical framework for good practice in counselling. I attend regular supervision sessions to help develop and focus my practice, and ensure that I am working ethically with clients. I attend training and conferences on a regular basis to further my knowledge and expertise, and remain up to date with relevant information and research.
I have public liability insurance, an Enhanced DBS check and I am registered with the ICO for data protection.