I am committed to providing a comprehensive counselling service, which meets my clients' needs for convenience, flexibility and responsiveness. I do what I do, because I feel strongly that, when it comes to your mental health and wellbeing, your ability to thrive and live your life to the fullest, you should have access to the help we all need sometimes, when you need it.
If you're life is being disrupted because you're struggling to cope with circumstances beyond your control, or you're feeling stuck in patterns of feeling and behaviour that you know aren't doing you any good, I don't want your only option to be a long waiting list. If you're willing to make the investment, I can help you move your life forward in the right direction and get your growth and personal progress back on track.
I am a warm and loving person, intelligent, down to earth and non-judgemental. I am life-loving, peace-loving and spiritual, but also a bit of a science geek! I've "seen it all" and still always see the good in people! I love living in Llandudno and my daily walks on the beach with my dogs. An avid reader and perpetual student, I love to be inspired, and I love inspiring others!
How I Work
You would best describe me as an "Integrative" Counsellor, working in a Pluralistic way. What this basically means is that how I work with you will depend on who you are, your preferences and what you want the counselling to do for you. There are many different ways I can help, but I believe that you are the expert on the subject of you and your problems, and my first job is always to listen and to understand.
My Qualifications and Credentials
I qualified in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and have been in private practice in Llandudno since February 2014. I have a First Class Bachelor Degree in Philosophy and have studied beyond my Cert.HE in Psychology. I am widely read on the subject of counselling theory and different approaches to psychotherapy, and have a firm grasp of the theoretical frameworks of CBT, Logotherapy and Meaning Centred Counselling, Transactional Analysis and Mindfulness. I am an AAMET Accredited Advanced EFT Practitioner, and I'm currently training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Human Needs Psychology and Strategic Intervention Coaching.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP, which means that you can be assured my training and qualifications have met the professional standards of the largest professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists in the UK and you have the security of knowing that I'm bound by their code of ethics and conduct (go to www.bacp.co.uk).
I am also a part-time Schools Counsellor and a member of the BACP's Children and Young People's Division, which means I'm kept up to date with all the latest developments in the theory and practice of counselling young people. I have undertaken Safeguarding training and hold a current DBS certificate (parents can verify this with the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) by applying online - you just need the certificate number and my date of birth, which I'll provide on request).
I am fully covered by all the relevant insurances and attend monthly supervision sessions with a BACP accredited and AAMET approved supervisor. I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, as required by the Data Protection Act 1988 (go to www.ico.org.uk).