My counselling work so far has included placements with three organisations in Hereford and South Wales. This has given me a range of experience with adults who have accessed counselling for a variety of reasons. Difficulties which have led my clients to seek help include depression and anxiety, relationship problems, trauma from childhood abuse, work-related stress, anger management, bereavement, and other significant personal losses, concerns and upheavals.
In accordance with guidelines for good practice, I frequently undertake training and education to continue my professional development. Through these activities, I aim to improve and update my knowledge and skills, and to increase my own self awareness. I have recently completed a recognised qualification in providing online and telephone counselling, to effectively support my clients while face-to-face counselling is unavailable.
In 2021, I plan to develop my knowledge and experience in areas of particular interest. These include bereavement, grief and loss, supporting people with a life limiting illness, supporting family carers, trauma, existential issues, and spirituality. My choice of learning activities is always guided by the needs of my clients, and by my commitment to provide appropriate, well-informed support.
Whilst I have mentioned here some areas that can be challenging or distressing, I do not define or label my clients according to their perceived counselling 'issue'. This is because I work fundamentally with the person who arrives in the counselling room, and I recognise and respect every one as a unique individual. This understanding forms the basis of the relationship between me and each client.