Counselling & Psychotherapy service in Guildford and Windlesham in Surrey
Training and experience
I have built my experience by working with a wide variety of issues. Initially I began my counselling career by training within the NHS under their IAPT program (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme). This allowed me to work with a broad range of issues as well as having to work with the time constraints provided by the NHS i.e. working with clients with a maximum of 6 or 12 counselling sessions. I continue to provide counselling through the IAPT programme.
Some of the areas I worked with included anxiety, depression, relationship and marital issues, cultural problems, bereavement (including pet loss), work difficulties, sexual abuse, trauma including witnessing traumatic events and suicidal thoughts amongst others.
Having completed my training I went onto work for a charity providing counselling for the visually impaired and their families. Sensory disability can bring its own unique difficulties and have life changing implications on both the individuals and those closest to them.
Sessions included working with loss, life changes as well as the loss of a sense of identity. I also worked with clients who had experienced domestic violence, bereavement, stress and relationship issues.
I have particular experience counselling young people having worked as a youth counsellor for a charity offering therapy for 16 to 25 year olds. Working with issues including exam stress and lack of confidence, support for teenagers affected by divorce, self-harm and bullying as well as many other issues experienced by young people in today's society.
Working within these different roles has helped me build a wide and diverse range of knowledge enabling me to help, support and give hope to people with a variety of issues. Indeed working within private practice can bring many different issues on a daily basis.
If you feel now is the time to take that step and talk about your problems please feel free to contact me so we can discuss the best way forward to make the positive changes to work towards a more confident and fulfilling life.
B.A. (Hons) Transactional Analysis Counselling (1st class)
FdA Humanistic Counselling, based on Transactional Analysis (Distinction) Middlesex University.
Certificate in Introduction to Counselling (CPCAB)
L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CPCAB)
L3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB)
Certificate of Transactional Analysis 101 from ITA (Institute of Transactional Analysis)
Animal Assisted Play Therapy™ Theory, Research and Practice (Level 1)
Canine Communication in Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
Introduction to Animal Assisted Play Therapy™
(Validated by the Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center ,Inc.
International Institute for Animal Assisted Play Therapy™)
I belong to a number of professional organisations:
Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psycotherapy (HACP)
Society of Companion Animal Studies (SCAS)
As a qualified and professional counsellor, I regularly attend continuing professional development training which helps keep me up to date and informed of the latest information available on helping individuals with mental health issues.
Some recent courses attended:
Working with clients who are on the Autistic Spectrum
Neuroscience in the Therapy Room
Working with people with Medically Unexplained Symptoms
Working with Anxiety
The Rewind Technique
My qualification is in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis.
In basic terms Transactional Analysis looks at the way we transact with others whether verbally, or behaviourally.
It is an accessible model in understanding our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. By becoming familiar with these concepts, it can help uncover why many issues seem to have become both familiar and repetitive. By understanding why we deal with situations in a certain way it helps us to make the changes to improve our every day lives.
Transactional Analysis is a theory of personality which incorporates elements of humanistic, person centred, integrative and psychodynamic therapies into a versatile tool set that is effective for a wide range of problems and behaviours.
It can also help you to understand your past and make the changes you need in order to break negative patterns of behaviour which you feel are inhibiting your full potential.
Transactional Analysis and relationships
Transactional Analysis also helps us to understand our interactions, communications and relationships with others. Working collaboratively the aim is to identify negative patterns which have developed over time and explore different ways of making positive changes to improve communication in daily life.
As a Humanistic counsellor I can help you to understand more about who you are, your self development and the ways in which you can attain personal growth and self awareness.
"I provide space and time for you to talk through your difficulties where you can be heard in a caring, friendly and respectful manner."
Supporting you through tough times and sometimes life-time changing decisions or, just being there for you whilst you share your sadness, and loss over a loved one.
"I offer a confidential, non-judgemental style that will help you begin your journey of understanding and discovery".
Together, we will assess what has brought you to counselling and explore any worries or concerns that you may have before we begin. We will use a regular time and place for you to talk in confidence about your problems and explore your difficulties in an environment that is dependable and non-judgemental.
By using Transactional Analysis as my therapeutic approach, I am able to incorporate elements of humanistic, person centred, integrative and psychodynamic therapies into a versatile toolset that is effective for a wide range of problems and behaviours
As a BACP registered counsellor I am bound by their terms of client confidentiality and ethical practice.