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My counselling approach is person-centred counselling which is a non-directive approach aiming to put you in control of your therapy and healing. When working with you using this approach I will support you, rather than direct you, as you work through any issues, and find ways to cope with or overcome them. Supporting you rather than directing helps give you autonomy and empower you and this can be helpful in the future once you choose to finish therapy.
While person-centred counselling does not involve advice giving, it is definitely not a passive form of counselling. I will be fully involved in the process with you, helping you clarify and make sense of things that are troubling you. I can give you a safe and confidential space where you will be listened to respectfully and empathised with. Your thoughts and feelings will always be heard and never be judged.
My professional journey has been varied. On leaving school I trained as a primary school teacher and worked in teaching for over ten years. I had always had an interest in counselling even when training as a teacher and considered changing courses even back then. However I stayed with teaching and had ten rewarding and enjoyable years in the profession.
I then decided it was time for a career change and to pursue my original interest in counselling. I worked in retail while studying a Level 3 counselling course part time. As soon as I started the course I realised I had made the right choice and I haven’t looked back since. I then went onto complete the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Skills and qualify as a counsellor. I am a registered member of the BACP, which is a professional body for counsellors and psychotherapists, and I work within their ethical guidelines.
I have experience of working with a variety of issues, including but not limited to bereavement, pregnancy loss, low self esteem, depression, stress, pregnancy-related difficulties, student issues, bullying and anxiety.
I have experience of working face to face and also of counselling via telephone and zoom. I have also completed an 80 hour course covering the practice of online and telephone counselling.
On a personal level, I have had my fair share of life experience over the years, both good and bad, and I feel the difficulties I have faced have helped to shape me both as a person and as a counsellor.
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 3 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- PGCE Primary
- BA Hon Degree English Language
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