Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS20-00633
Location: Bishop Auckland
My journey into counselling began when I sought my own personal therapy to help me negotiate challenges in my life. Through the listening ear of my very patient counsellor I was able to reflect on my past, make sense of my situation and feel empowered to move foreword with hope and purpose into the next chapter of my story.
I trained as an integrative counsellor at Newman University and have been working with adults for The Well Counselling, Malvern, and with Cruse Bereavement Care as a supervisor. In my private practice I see adults, children and young people. I work as a primary school counsellor in Wales and have recently begun working in a local primary school as a school counsellor.
My counselling room is in my home, in a small village near Tewkesbury.
I am an accredited member of the National Counselling Society and adhere to their ethics and guidelines. I am also a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I have achieved the BACP Certificate of Proficiency.
After my initial training in psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy, I completed training in Bereavement through Cruse Bereavement Care. I later trained in working with children who had been bereaved and as a supervisor with Cruse. I then trained in working with children and young people at the University of South Wales where I gained an MA. I have helped children with depression, behavioural issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-harm, anxiety, autism, family problems, anger, bullying, low self-esteem, sexual abuse and bereavement. When working with children and young people I use creative counselling skills, play and sand tray work to help the child/young person engage in the process. I often work through story making which helps the children to externalise their problem by looking at it from a different perspective. Through stories, the child or young person (or adult) can view the problem from another point of view and they do not feel exposed. This is not so exposing for them and can be great fun. Many of the games I use are made by myself and tailored to the individual child.
- Qualifications & Experience• MA Counselling Children and Young People (University of South Wales)
• Foundation Degree in Integrative Counselling (Newman University)
• Certificate in Counselling Skills (Gloucester Counselling Services)
• Ascentis Level 2 in Bereavement Care
• Cruse training in Bereavement in Children and Young People
• Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Supervision
• B.Ed Hons Nursery/Primary Education (University of London)
• PG Cert Education (Special Educational Needs Coordination)
• I hold an enhanced DBS Certificate
Advanced Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
In addition to the above I have received further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I regularly update my knowledge and skills by Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops. To date this has included Self Harm in Young People, Creative Therapy, Creative Writing in Therapy; Mindfulness; Trauma, OCD, Eating Disorders; Safeguarding (updated annually); Sexual Exploitation in Young People, Play Therapy and Tele-play Therapy, Creative Story Making, Online and Telephone Counselling.
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autistic Spectrum Disorders
- Bereavement / Loss
- Children / teenagers
- Divorce & Separation
- Driving tests
- Eating disorders
- Emotional issues
- Generally unhappy with your life
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Young people and children