About me


Below is some information about my background, my qualifications and work experience.   I hope you will find the information helpful.  

Qualifications

1995 - BTEC Continuing Education Diploma in 
Counselling


Membership
I am a member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and as such adhere to 
its code of ethics and am legally insured.     

Workshops
Feb 2010 - Motivational Interviewing
June 2010 - Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Jan 2011 - Dealing with violence                                        
Jan 2011 - Assessing and managing clients at risk
July 2011- Working with offending behaviour
Sept 2011 - Safeguarding and effective Child 
Protection Practice
Jan 2012 - Mental Health Training (3 days)
May 2013 - Trauma and the Body

Work Experience
After qualifying I worked as a school counsellor for 
two years providing counselling support for pupils at
school.  I still do occasional sessional work in schools.

From 1999 to 2008 I was joint director and counselling 
co-ordinator for Wolverhampton Counselling Services, 
a company that I managed with 4 other colleagues.  

Work was of a varied nature.  We secured ongoing
contracts with large employers in Wolverhampton
providing work-related stress counselling for their
employees.  C
lients were also referred to us from
EAP (employee assistance programmes) and from
GPs.  Many clients were self-referred.
C
ounselling students, whose personal therapy was
a requirement of their University or college course
used our services.

In addition to counselling we were able to offer 
placements for counselling students and supervision 
for trainee counsellors.   

As well as my private practice, I currently work at Summit House Support as a sessional counsellor.  Summit House provides counselling to adults and young people whose lives have been affected with HIV.  I have been there for 9 years.

From 2010 - 2012 I worked as a counsellor for Aquarius, working with people with alcohol and drug addictions and 
with family members / affected others on a one to one basis and also in groups.  I was also responsible for delivering 
alcohol education programmes. 
 

My Approach

The amount of different counselling approaches and 
techniques can be mind boggling, especially if you are 
new to counselling.  If you are don’t worry about this 
too much.  The important thing when you visit any 
counsellor is that you feel comfortable with them.

My background is person-centred counselling.  I would however describe my approach now as more solution
-focused. 

I believe that every client is unique.  Over the years I 
have used aspects of different models of counselling 
depending on the needs of the client.  
In addition, I 
have experience within the CBT model.

I believe ongoing training is important to keep up to date 
with different successful therapies.

I offer short-term counselling (normally 6 - 10 sessions) 
as well as longer term.  The length of time we work 
together will depend on what it is you wish to work on.  
I will discuss this fully with you in the initial stages.
 

I believe that when emotional needs are not being met 
this can be the root of cause of the problem. So by 
helping the client to identify these needs can 
contribute to resolving their problem.