I appreciate that searching for a counsellor can be a tricky process. It is important to find the right person and approach for you, and so it is a very personal search. I have taken this opportunity to say a little about my counselling experience and background to give you more of a sense of me and my work as a counsellor to hopefully assist you on this search.
I love working as a counsellor and have been practising for over ten years in locally based community organisations as well as through my own private practice in the BS7 area of North Bristol.
I have a professional diploma in therapeutic counselling, having qualified in 2011. I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). This means that I meet their standard of practice and am committed to working within their ethical frameworks. I am also a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO) following completion of an ACTO recognised training course on online and telephone counselling.
I work one-to-one with adults aged 18 and over with a range of life experiences and difficulties. I also have particular experience of working with complex trauma and abuse and am currently working towards a postgraduate diploma in traumatology and PTSD accredited by the National Psychotherapy Council (NCP).
My background includes working in the mental health field in both the NHS and charity sector. I also spent several years at City of Bristol college developing and delivering the introduction to counselling course as well as lecturing on some of its other counselling courses.
Prior to my own counselling training I was involved in several community projects working towards improving access to and campaigning for greater equality of support for new and diverse communities.
As well as my private practice I work for the Southmead Project offering counselling and group therapy to adult survivors of abuse.
Since qualifying I have completed many different training courses to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date. Please go to my approach to find out more about how I work.
I hold professional insurance and I am DBS checked.