How I work and Qualifications
How I work
I have trained in various counselling approaches including person-centred, psychodrama and body psychotherapy. I also have a lot of experience in working with the gestalt model of psychotherapy. I provide an accepting space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings. At the same time I gently challenge patterns of thought and behaviour which have been set in place at an earlier stage in life and which served a useful and self-protective purpose at that time but which may now be restricting your capacity for a more rewarding style of relating. I also use what is happening from moment to moment in the therapeutic relationship as a means to understanding these long-held patterns more fully with the intention of bringing about deep and lasting change.
I pay attention to the context within which client issues arise and are maintained – this may include family, on-going and previous relationships, work related issues etc. In this context I am also interested in the bigger picture which includes our place in the natural world, to which we are forever connected through the simple acts of breathing, eating, drinking etc. I work with clients in the outdoors in local natural settings if they wish to do so.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves…
(From ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver)
I have clinical supervision for my work on a regular basis and also have counselling to work through my own issues as and when required. All of this supports me in being as available as possible for my clients.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) (Click here to visit UKCP). To achieve this qualification I trained for four years with the Northern School of Psychodrama.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Psychodrama.
I hold an Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling, a qualification which involved another year’s full time training.
I have a Diploma in Embodied Relational Therapy.
I have also trained as a trainer in the ‘Natural Change Project’ the aim of which is to bring about deep change through our connection with the natural world.
I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UKCP.