About Me

 

I am a BACP Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist and began my professional training in 1997. In 1998 I moved to Somerset and have lived here ever since. In 2002 I completed my initial counselling training and then worked for several years in the field of addiction. In 2010 I trained as a Gestalt Psychotherapist with CHPC in Devon. During my career I have worked in a variety of settings including further education, residential treatment for addiction, private practice, street agencies and drop in centres.

I have had many years’ experience of providing individual counselling and as a group facilitator, as well as training and delivering educational workshops and lectures. In my last employment I also represented the counselling department in the organisation’s clinical and integrated governance meetings. Having mentored and supported students in their university placements, I was motivated to begin training as a counselling supervisor with CSTD.  I am currently providing supervision to Counselling students in placement within a residential rehabilitation centre for addiction in Weston- Super- Mare. I will complete my Diploma in Supervision in 2017.

Throughout my career I have worked with a diverse range of clients, many with complex needs.  Being an Accredited Member of the BACP I subscribe to their ethical framework and code of practice. I am dedicated to continuing my personal and professional development and my qualifications and vocational training are as follows.

1997 Certificate in Counselling Skills – CSCT

1998 Certificate in Counselling Theory – CSCT

2001 Cruse Bereavement Training – Cruse Bereavement Care

2002 Higher National Diploma in Counselling – BTEC

2004 Certificate in ‘Delivering Learning’ – City and Guilds

2011 Certificate in Group work Skills – CHPC Training

2014 Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy – CHPC Training

Currently studying – Diploma in Supervision – CSTD

Continuing Professional Development

2013 ‘Gestalt Therapy with Personality Disorders’ Dr Elinor Greenberg PhD, CGP

2014 ‘The Therapist is Present: Relational Artistry’ Dr Rich Hycner PhD

2015 ‘Mindfulness Based Stress Relief’ – Miranda Bevis, Somerset Mindfulness