My counselling approach
My particular attitude to counselling and psychotherapy
My approach respects, affirms and is interested in the other person’s individual and unique way of being in the world; I am excited by difference and diversity. It is generally recognised that the relationship between client and practitioner is central to the therapeutic process. I will endeavour to be with you in a way that helps to create a climate or atmosphere of safety, support and perhaps challenge in which you feel free to communicate your concerns or difficulties. In these circumstances, you are likely to gain understanding and become more aware of yourself, your situation, and your patterns, and ways in which you are can support yourself more effectively. From this awareness, I believe that new choices and possibilities for change will emerge.
My training has been particularly in Gestalt psychotherapy which works with the whole person (thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, intuition, any spiritual beliefs, and behaviour) with a contextual perspective. My practice is underpinned by humanistic values and based on a holistic philosophy of life. My ongoing professional development includes further training in relational theory and practice, as well as regular consultative and peer supervision of my work.
Qualifications relevant to counselling, psychotherapy, and supervision
Diploma in Humanistic Psychology (1986) following 2 years of part-time training.
Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (awarded by the Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute in 1993) following 7 years of part-time training, which included 4 years at the Metanoia Institute.
Certificate In Supervision awarded by the Metanoia Institute in 1999. Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision awarded by Cascade Training Associates, in 2012; and a ABC Diploma in Casework Supervision, in 2012.
I am UKCP registered as a Psychotherapist, and on the UKCP list of approved Supervisors.
Counselling and Psychotherapy work experience
Counsellor: I commenced part-time work as a Humanistic Counsellor in private practice in 1985. My counselling work is ongoing and expanded to include Couples Counselling following further training at the Metanoia Institute.
Counselling Tutor : I started running Introductory Counselling courses at St. Austell College (now Cornwall College) in 1986. I was a trainer on courses up to Diploma level from 1993 to 2003.
Psychotherapist: My practice as a counsellor at Wadebridge developed to include psychotherapy in 1993. In addition, I have a Truro-based practice since May 2015.
Clinical Supervisor: In private practice since 1999.
Additionally I worked in the NHS, supervising in group settings with Specialist Nurses, from 2009 to 2020.
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