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25th November 2017 
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Professional Qualifications

Certificate in Education (University of Southampton, 1978)
Certficate in Counselling Skills (CSCT,1994)
Certificate in Counselling Theory (CSCT, 1995)
Diploma in Counselling (CSCT, 1996)
M. A. (University of Surrey 1996)
B.Phil (University of Birmingham 1999)
Certificate in Family Mediation (NFM 2014)

I undertake regular short courses to maintain and improve my working practices.
I am a member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Reg) and bound by their Code of Ethics.
I have full liabilty insurance
I am fully supervised in my work in accordance with BACP guidelines

Areas of Specialism
I am completely at ease speaking to you about any subject or problem. In my experience most people's difficulties are relationship based e.g. relationship with partner, relationship breakdown, bereavement (loss of relationship), relationship with family member(s), past relationships and relationship with self (self esteem etc.) However this is not an exclusive list. I can help you with:

  • Coping with crisis
  • Self esteem and self image
  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Couple Counselling
  • Decision making and future planning

    Personal Approach
    My personal approach is about combining my natural skills with experience and learned skills, to provide you with someone who not only listens, not only understands, but also has some real feeling for what you are going through.
    From here we can look together at what you are hoping to achieve in counselling and how best that can be accomplished. The two extremes of my work may be considered to be:
    1) listening to a client who needs to offload, but is not looking for any changes
    2) helping a client who is very clear about what they want to achieve, develop strategies for how they can achieve this.

    Most of my work is somewhere in between. I listen to your story, learn to understand you, your dilemmas and your needs and help you think of ways forward.
    This is likely to include some looking at the past, but only to the extent to which it is useful.
    At the end of a period of counselling I want you to feel more positive about the future, more in charge of your own future, and more resourced to deal with life's issues as they arise.