With regards to my life before the year 2000, I think it is sufficient to say that having dropped out of A level studies in 1972, I spent the next 28 years in a variety of life and work experiences. Some good, some bad yet now, in retrospect, I feel all have been meaningful in giving me the very necessary experience and knowledge of life's ups and downs to enable me to do what I do now.
Following 4 years of study, training and extensive experience working with Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Families in Crisis in the community, I qualified as a Counsellor in 2004 and continued work in both the public and private sectors until 2012 as well as continuing my training as a Psychotherapist and developing my private practice. Following my completion of an MSc in Mental Health studies as well as further training in working with other mental health difficulties, in 2012 I became a full-time Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor.
Grounded in Gestalt and a Humanistic approach to therapy, I continued to practice Clinical CBT, Mindfulness and Embodied Trauma Therapy while training and integrating EMDR as part of my positive and effective approach to therapy. In January 2019 I qualified as an EMDR Europe Accredited Clinical Supervisor and Consultant Practitioner.
My life experience, as well as my work in the community, has taught me how unique everyone is and how important it is to be flexible and to listen without judgement or assumption; while I will bring my professional experience, knowledge and training into our sessions, it will be you that provides the expert knowledge and understanding of yourself that enables us to find a positive way forward together.
My BACP membership number is 555924 and I abide by their Code of Practice which can be viewed at: www.bacp.co.uk/ethical_framework/
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