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
Although I qualified in 2011 with an Advanced Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling, you would best describe me now as an "Integrative" Counsellor. 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 Strategic Intervention and Human Needs Psychology I have a long-standing interest in esoteric ideas and in exploring alternative approaches to therapy, including Hypnosis and QHHT. All of this has "flavoured" the way I work and, over the years, I've found my own "counselling style" and have amassed an eclectic set of therapeutic tools.
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).