My Counselling Training and Qualifications

I am an experienced  counsellor offering one to one counselling in Hampton, Middlesex near Teddington and Twickenham. As an Accredited Member of the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), on the BACP Register For Counsellors and Psychotherapists, I offer a professional, confidential service.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Counselling (2007) and my initial training was based on three humanistic counselling models:

  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Transactional Analysis.

I enjoy continually learning and adding to the skills I have as a counsellor.

I have an interest and additional training in attachment theory. This theory looks at the way in which our early experiences in life can shape the way we relate to others and react to circumstances as adults. Combined with recent advances in neurobiology, this theory helps us understand how counselling therapy can be used to moderate and change the effects of early life experiences.

I also value many of the insights I have gained¬† from the field of body psychotherapy. Our everyday speech is full of references to our bodies – from “butterflies in our stomach” to “they make my head ache”. So I work in a holistic way – paying attention to mind, emotions and body. Understanding how intricately linked our minds and bodies are is important and can help us understand the sometimes confusing and distressing waysin which we react.

Some of the recent workshops I have attended have been about:

  • Working with physical symptoms that do not have a medical explanation
  • Working with attachment issues from childhood.
  • Working creatively
  • Neuroscience and affect regulation
  • Working with the couple relationship
  • Looking at the underlying patterns which can sabotage out ability to make and meet meaningful goals

Professional Body and Supervision

As an Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and subject to the Professional Conduct Procedure for the time being in force.

In accordance with best practice I have regular supervision from an experienced counselling supervisor. This helps me to keep my work fresh and ensures that I offer the best service I can to the people I work with.

Experience

I have worked with adults of many different ages and from many backgrounds who have used counselling to address a wide range of issues including, amongst many others, relationship breakdowns, bereavement, low self confidence, stress and the impact of difficult childhoods.

I have experience of working in two voluntary sector agencies as well as in private practice.