I am warm, caring, loyal and direct; characteristics which have helped me to nurture good working relationships both in and outside of counselling. The relationship that we build is vital to the work we will do together. Trust is a key component between us therefore I will keep confidential the content of our sessions. Once we have established trust I believe we can approach anything together, as a team.
My counselling career started after almost 13 years in credit risk management, in the card acquiring industry. I feel incredibly lucky that I love what I do and can't imagine not being a counsellor.
I studied psychology and criminology at college and university but I found that counselling connected to real life and highlighted the importance of mental health in a way that encouraged me to change my career. I qualified as a counsellor at The Counsel House in Wickford, Essex, following an integrative programme, awarded by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and recognised by the Open University. This training improved my understanding of my own and others’ behaviour, enhancing communication in both personal and professional relationships. An integrative approach gives me a range of theoretical perspectives, models, techniques and interventions, reflecting the natural diversity of people, whose needs require the same variety - one approach is not suitable for everyone.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), having completed the Certificate of Proficiency. The BACP provides an ethical framework to ensure professional standards are met and that those seeking counselling and psychotherapy receive a confidential and non-judgemental service.
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L5 - Diploma in Relationship Counselling, awarded by the CPCAB, in conjunction with Relate.
L4 – Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
L3 - Certificate in Counselling Studies
L2 - Certificate in Counselling Skills
Continued Professional Development
I worked for over 3 years at Open Adult Counselling Service (OACS) in Rayleigh, 18 months at Make a Difference at Sandy's in Romford and at Relate since January 2017.
I have worked with men and women aged 17-80 on a wide range of issues, including immigration/deportation, witchcraft, anxiety, depression, affairs, relationships, domestic abuse, childhood trauma, suicide, bereavement, retirement, sexual issues and existential concerns, to name a few.