I am a qualified person-centred therapist and have a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of Cumbria. This two year course involved extensive self-reflection that both enhanced my understanding of myself and mirrored elements of the therapeutic journey taken by many clients.
Further, the course encouraged me to explore genuine openness and the challenges and rewards of meeting others without the masks we tend to hide behind in daily life. As a result, I am a counsellor who will always try to be myself with you. This doesn't mean I will share my life-story with you, but it means I will try to respond as honestly and openly as I can to what you bring. There are no clever or hidden tricks to person-centred counselling. For me, it is about being as grounded as possible in my own humanity so that I can be with you in yours.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). This professional body not only supports me, but is also there to maintain high standards of counselling. My membership means I am expected to continue to engage with new ideas, improve my own standards of work and also work within the BACP code of ethics. A copy of this can be found here.
I have experience of working as a counsellor for a charity in Preston and a counselling service in Morecambe. I have chosen to volunteer there alongside my private work because I feel strongly that counselling should be accessible to all. In my private work I am able to offer a more flexible and tailored service to my clients.