Cruse Bereavement Care Foundation Course.
My career prior to starting in counselling was as a general nurse in the NHS, which spanned 20 years, where I supported many patients and their families through challenges associated with poor health and the emotional toll that this can take. I have always been interested in people’s emotional well-being. I began my counselling training in 2015, as I felt that counselling was the next step for me. I strongly believe my career to date helps my work now as a counsellor, as I am used to working in partnership with others; to manage life's stresses and challenges and move forward.
I am an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor, which means I can work to match where you are, be led by what you need and move the process along with your individual needs at the forefront of all we do. Counselling with me is a partnership, where you are in charge.
I believe that we can find the answers within us, but at times it can be difficult to do this alone. This is where counselling can be of use, as this is a space where you can feel supported unconditionally by me; where I can support your self-discovery. Counselling with me is a partnership, where you are in charge. My role is to support and facilitate you. The counselling process is a key part of counselling’s effectiveness so building rapport and feeling comfortable together is important. I therefore always ensure I regularly review how clients are feeling about the process and our relationship; to support this.
The way we decide to work may be dependent on the issue you are bringing to counselling; or it may be where you feel you are in your life or where you feel you are within yourself. This will determine how much or how little direction you need from me in the sessions.
Sometimes it may feel like you are unable to see things clearly, so I can help to reflect issues and bring them into clearer focus with you. Other times it may be that you are very clear on the problem or issue and know what you want to do; but you need support to weigh up the pros and the cons, with an independent person; who doesn't have a vested interest in the decision you reach. Sometimes you may feel you just need a safe space to just be. Wherever you are, is where we will start.
I have worked with a range of issues with clients such as stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, low self-worth, issues with relationships; this can be how a person relates to others, but also how they feel about themselves. I have also worked with clients on bereavement issues and a large part of my work has been helping clients find a way through transitions in their lives and coping with the losses within this process of change. This can be health changes but also life changes. I have recently undertaken additional training with Cruse Bereavement Care to enhance my work in the area of bereavement and will be volunteering with them in the autumn.
I am a member of the National Counselling Society and the BACP. These professional bodies set minimum standards expected of all counsellors and therapists. This ensures that I will work ethically and is a safeguard for all clients. Within this is the importance of client confidentiality, so our sessions will be private and confidential. The confidentiality policy will be discussed with you at the first session.