People often choose to take up professional counselling because of a particular issue that is causing stress, upset or painful emotions. And it's not usual for our difficulties to be more complex: a tangled web of interweaving strands, sometimes in conflict or tension. Simply having the space to get some appropriate perspective on all of that can be often be a helpful start. From there it can be easier to choose which way to go next.
My experience & therapeutic training
Qualifying in 2007, I have worked with people of all ages and walks of life with widely ranging problems: from eating and personality disorders to bereavement, from stress and anxiety to depression, suicidal inclinations and drug dependency.
My training is in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy. This includes Person-Centred, Experiential, Focusing-Orientated, Solution-Focused, Mindfulness and Compassionate Focused therapies. I continue to engage in regular continuing professional development in these.
2010 Accredited British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
2007 Post-Graduate Diploma: Integrative Counselling.
Registered Member of: Counsellors & Psychotherapists in Primary Care; The Focusing Institute - New York.
Born in Africa I was brought up in the Caribbean, while going to school and university in England. After a number of years in professional theatre, I was ordained as a Buddhist, and worked as a mentor and trainer for 20 years in a variety of different situations, and for many years in retreat centres. Hence my interest in people, the complexities of life and effective communication.
If you've never met with a counsellor before, it'd be natural to wonder how it might be, and perhaps even to be a little anxious. While it's obviously unusual to meet with a stranger to share what are often very personal details about ourselves, people usually find a trained counsellor easy to relate to: friendly, warm, empathic; and while intent on really trying to understand your experience, being open and honest with you. Just this can make a big difference.