My Experience

Qualifications

2020: Certified Cyber Therapist
Online Therapy Institute

2017: Postgraduate Diploma with Merit in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
University of South Wales

2017: Registered Member of BACP
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

2015: Postgraduate Certificate with Merit in Integrative Counselling Skills University of South Wales

2005: Master of Science with Distinction in Health Sciences (Teaching) University of Birmingham

2003: Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in Nursing Studies University of Wales College of Medicine

2000-2021: Registered Nurse (Adult)
Nursing and Midwifery Council

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.