I am a fully qualified, registered and accredited counsellor (Higher Prof. Diploma in Counselling; Cert. Couples Counselling, Registered MBACP Accred) and keep up-to-date by attending regular training sessions. I have experience in working with clients in a variety of settings. As a member of the British† Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (http://www.bacp.co.uk), I follow this organisationís code of ethics. You can read this in full here.
I work in an integrative way, which means that I have one core approach but also bring in other tools and techniques if I feel that it's right for a particular client or clients. My core approach is based on Person-Centred Counselling. This means that I will work with you towards an accurate understanding of your situation and feelings and accompany you on an exploration of your experience, without judgement. Often it can be a relief to be able to express your genuine emotions in an environment of acceptance. Put simply, I will be 'on your side' and aim to see things from your perspective while we together try to sort through some issues which are making you unhappy.
As I believe other approaches within counselling also offer some useful ideas for clients, I sometimes use techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Transactional Analysis.
CBT is very useful for specific anxieties, or when unhelpful thoughts are getting in the way of emotional wellbeing, and working with this approach usually involves various exercises looking at these thought patterns and how they are connected to your feelings and actions.
Transactional Analysis can offer real insight into how we operate within our relationships and it helps us understand the Adult, Child and Parent within all of us.
More recently, I have also found that the concept of Mindfulness had enabled clients to make peace with issues which have been troubling them, to allow themselves the feelings they have and also to appreciate the present moment rather than focussing solely on past difficulties or future anxieties. It's a proven therapy for people who suffer from long term depression.
I also have experience in using Penny Parks Inner Child Therapy with clients who are survivors of all types of abuse.
I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client is key to successful therapy and therefore the first important step is to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable.
Having worked with clients in a variety of settings (the NHS, charitable sector and private practice) I have experience in working with the following areas. This is by no means a comprehensive list but a guide as to some of the issues clients may bring to counselling:
Low Self Esteem and Confidence
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Relationships and Couples
Work Related Stress