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My Working Experiences

I’ve been fortunate to gain some valuable experience working as a counsellor in a number of different settings:

As a volunteer school counsellor I noticed the many pressures young people face through peer relationships, education, family dynamics and social media etc. Many children feel alone but cannot face telling others and a key part of therapy with young people is helping them build resilience through self-acceptance and improved self-esteem.

Having volunteered for a parenting/family charity and being a parent myself, I understand the many challenges around becoming a parent - the effect on finances, mental and physical health and family relations. Becoming a new parent, although often joyful, can trigger unresolved issues from a parent’s own childhood. Working with issues including the pain of loss, complex grief and abuse has helped me to understand the importance of working at each person's individual pace, whilst keep their well-being and safety at the heart of my work.

Through a Christian counselling charity helping NHS referred clients, I’ve worked with people clinically diagnosed with personality disorders, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, OCD and panic attacks. With every client I aim to look beyond a diagnosis to understand what’s happening underneath the labels. My approach is to not see what’s ‘wrong’ with a person but to understand what’s happened as every person is unique but often carrying an experience of trauma in some way.

My aim with all clients is to ensure they feel valued, heard and treated with respect and I can offer both short or long-term therapy. These are some of the issues I have experience of working with:
Abusive relationships
Abuse in childhood
Decision-making/goal setting
Family/parenting issues
Financial problems
Low self-esteem
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Panic disorder
Personality disorders (following a clinical diagnosis)
Suicidal feelings
Traumatic events
NCS Diploma Level 5 in Counselling Children and Young People
CPCAB Diploma Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling 
CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, accredited by the National Counselling Society
Mental Health First Aid Certificate Children and Young People
Safeguarding Level 1 Certificate
BAHons Politics & English

As a professional and ethical requirement, I attend monthly supervision meetings as well as regular training and continuous professional development courses. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and have an enhanced DBS certificate.
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