Counselling therapist 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)