I offer individual counselling on the edge of Frome. I believe that the therapeutic relationship between the counsellor and the client is the "key" for positive growth and change, and if we have a trusting relationship then we can move towards developing our full potential.
Many clients come with different issues and problems, these range from trauma, health issues, relationship difficulties, divorce, work related issues, anger issues, family or family breakdown difficulties, self esteem and confidence issues, loss and bereavement to diagnosed mental health issues like depression, anxiety, borderline personality disorder and bi polar.
As a Person-Centered counsellor, I strive to be genuine, accepting and understanding within the therapeutic relationship. I believe that for self-healing to occur, it is through the relationship that is the key, so that you can find the resources and answers to your issues and problems. I believe that every individual has their own internal resources we need for personal growth, and a more fulfilling and satisfying experience of life. I strive to help you to uncover these resources to find your own answers, empowering you to develop self-belief towards a greater feeling of self-worth. The approach I use is known classically as Client Centered Therapy, this was developed by the humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers back in the 1950s.
I am committed to equality and diversity, I base my practice around these principles with a strong belief in equality and diversity, incorporated within what I strive for as a counsellor, see both my Home Page, and Is Counselling for You page. I welcome everyone irrespective of age, class, culture, race, ethnicity, marital status, sexuality, physical abilities and religious views.
I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Person-Centered Counselling and Psychotherapy ( Level 5 or Foundation Degree Equivalent)
Counselling skills Level 2
Counselling studies Level 3
Safeguarding of children level 2 training
Safeguarding of vulnerable Adults level 2 training
My counselling experience includes I worked for an agency with individuals coping with a variety of mental health issues. I also work for another agency with a lot of experience counselling young people (10 - 25 years of age) with a variety of issues, in the community, schools, college and youth center, as well as having my own clinical private practice.
My professional background involves over 20 years experience working within Health and Social care, mainly supporting adults with learning disabilities. This includes managing registered services.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP,) I adhere to their ethical framework and code of professional conduct which assures confidentiality. Any information held is in the strictest confidence according to the Data Protection Act.
I attend supervision on a regular basis to ensure that I am working ethically, and in your best interest. The supervision is my support and you will not be identified in anyway.
I attend regular training to keep my continuing professional development and my current practice up to date.
I have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service.)
I am fully insured with my own Professional Indemnity Insurance.
I am a member of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists in Private Practice (CAPPP) networking organisation for the South West.