I am a gentle caring listener who wants to see you achieve your full potential, whatever that may be. I want to share my observations in an honest but thoughtful way to encourage you to find meaning amongst the confusion, in order for you to reach a stage where you feel able to make decisions and/or changes in your life.
There is no agenda for me, other than the time when we agree to meet. Everything else is about where/what your needs are at that moment. The process itself can seem scary and maybe intimidating because it is unknown, but you will not be on your own, I will walk with you.
Being heard is also a crucial aspect for me as I believe being around others and sharing is not the same as being heard and understood. It is these needs within us that can so often can be missing in our relationships with those we care for and spend time with. During the first session I will take time to explain what counselling is, and to explore what you hope to gain from our work together.
My commitment to you is to strive to be empathic, honest and non-judgemental, and through this attain a relationship of trust and understanding between us.
I am fully qualified in Person Centred Training to Postgraduate Diploma level, which is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), of which I am a member. This ensures a professional standard of training and practice and I am bound by their codes and ethical framework. I also have an Honours Degree in Social Sciences, obtained from Glasgow Caledonian University.
I attend workshops and training as part of my continuing professional development. I also attend individual and group supervision as well as regular personal professional development days, all of which are designed to ensure I am continually looking at and working on my abilities and depth of practise, as an active person centred counsellor.
The most recent courses I have attended have been "Understanding Sexual Abuse and Working With Its Disclosure" and "Transforming Your Inner Critic".