Member Status: Accredited
Member No: NCS18-06111
My interest in counselling has developed through my working life initially as a Registered Nurse, and then as a Health Visitor. These privileged experiences highlighted the negative impact that less visible emotional and mental health difficulties can have on your general well being. This was the impetus for studying for my Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and as a result, I now work as an Integrative Counsellor accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
The Integrative approach means I may use one or more therapeutic models to offer a flexible, client led approach to therapy. I understand that each individual has differing needs, experiences and expectations of the counselling process and I offer a safe, caring and confidential space where difficulties are heard, acknowledged and treated with respect.
My aim is to develop an authentic, empathetic working relationship in which clients develop an enriched understanding and insight into their difficulties. With this insight the client can develop tools to move forward with increased resilience, self-awareness and autonomy. I encourage clients to reflect on their feelings, challenge negative beliefs and use coping mechanisms to overcome perceived limitations. A better understanding and increased self-awareness for the client lays the foundation for a future based on effecting positive change.
- Qualifications & ExperienceDiploma in Therapeutic Counselling - Ty Elis Porthcawl Counselling Service (accredited by the NCS).
Currently working in a counselling voluntary capacity at Ty Elis, Porthcawl.
Key facilitator (2012 -2018) for an eating disorders peer support group (SORTED) based at Mental Health Matters, Wales in Bridgend.
Completed ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) (June 2018)
Further training in Mindfulness for Anxiety and Depression and Bereavement (CPD)
Working with Adult Survivors of Child Abuse in a Trauma-Informed Way (CPD)
Completed further studies in Attachment, Attachment and Relational Trauma, Emotional Abuse and Narcissism (CPD) 2020 -2021
- What I can help with
- Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
- Ageing and related issues
- AIDS / HIV
- Anger Management
- Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
- Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
- Bereavement / Loss
- Childbirth: fertility
- Childbirth: labour
- Divorce & Separation
- Driving tests
- Eating disorders
- Emotional issues
- Gender identity
- Generally unhappy with your life
- IBS / Digestive Issues
- Illness and dying
- Job interviews
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Parenting skills
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
- Pregnancy related issues
- Self-defeating behaviours
- Sexuality Identity
- Shyness / Social Phobia
- Start exercising
- Stop smoking
- Suicidal feelings
- Violence / Victim support
- Languages Spoken