I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work in accordance with their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I have regular supervision in accordance with the requirements of BACP and undertake ongoing Continuing Professional Development.
I am an integrative counsellor, working from a person centred perspective. This means that I use a number of different types of counselling theories in my work, depending on the issues brought to counselling and most importantly what feels right for you.
I offer short and long term counselling to anyone aged 18 or over. My practice room is based in Bristol but is easily accessible from South Glos, North Somerset and BANES too.
Qualifications & Experience
I have a Certificate in Counselling and a Diploma in Professional Studies (Counselling), from the University of the West of England (UWE).
I have experience of providing counselling in the voluntary sector and in primary care.
Before training as a counsellor I worked in the NHS for 10 years as a Complaints and PALS Manager. I provided support to patients, their families and carers on a daily basis and have extensive experience of supporting people in distress as a result of illness, disability or as a result of bereavement.
Special Interests & Experience
I have experience and a special interest in providing counselling to unpaid family carers, who care for someone with an illness or disability, and to carers whose caring role has come to an end. For many carers this can be helpful to address feelings of loneliness and isolation and to look at strategies for looking after your own health and wellbeing.
I also have experience of working with:
• Relationship and family problems
• Depression and anxiety
• Loss and bereavement
• Feelings of being ‘stuck’ or uncertainty
• Life changes
• The impact of illness on relationships – yours and those close to you
• Work problems and work related stress
• Low self esteem and lack of confidence
If you would like to talk to me about counselling for other reasons please do get in touch. If I am unable to help, I can let you know about other options you can consider.