Qualifications, Training, Experience

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Professional Practice

Professional Practice


Professionally trained in London and the South West, my practice is well respected locally.

I work with self-referrals and people recommended and referred to me from professionals and organisations across Dorset and the surrounding counties.


I established my Private Practice in 2007, and alongside this, I worked as a Senior High Intensity Counsellor in the NHS for 10 years (IAPT - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies)



Specialism 


During my work with IAPT, I trained and specialised in Counselling for Depression.

(Person-Centred Counselling for Depression, PCE-CfD) 


I subsequently qualified as a PCE-CFD Clinical Supervisor. 


PCE-CfD is an effective, evidence-based therapy for low mood & depression, used within the NHS and recognised by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). 



Clinical Supervision 


I continue to supervise both trainee and qualified counsellors practicing locally, and I am listed as an approved PCE-CfD Supervisor with The Metanoia Institute, London.



Professional Qualifications


I am registered with the Professional Standards Authority Register no. 019950 

This register lists therapists who have demonstrated high professional standards and is in place so that you can choose a counsellor who has been independently assessed and approved.


  • Certificate in Essential Supervision Skills (2018)- British Psychological Society Approved (BPS)
  • Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression (PCE-CfD) Supervisor (2018) - Metanoia Institute, London 
  • Person-Centred Experiential Counselling for Depression Practitioner (PCE-CfD)  (2015) - Metanoia Institute, London
  • BACP Accreditation Status (continuous since 2009)
  • Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (2009) - Iron Mill Institute, Exeter
  • Advanced Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (2006) - Weymouth College 
  • VRQ Certificate in Youth work (2006) - DYCS, Dorset County Council
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies (2004) - Weymouth College
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills (2003) - Weymouth College
  • CACDP British Sign Language Level 1 (2003) - Weymouth Adult Learning Centre



Post- Qualifying Additional Training


I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical framework for Good Practice and  I am committed to continuing professional development (CPD) and  on-going training - I undertake a minimum of 30 hours CPD per year in order to maintain my Accreditation status.


My additional CPD training has been extensive over the years, and includes;


 

  • Anxiety 
  • Depression
  • Imposter Syndrome & Low Self-Esteem
  • Child Sexual Abuse 
  • Trauma 
  • Polyvagal Theory
  • Shame 
  • Perfectionism
  • Mindfulness
  • Asperger's Syndrome Enhanced Skills Training 
  • Trauma and the Body: Dissociation & Somatisation
  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Bereavement
  • Bereavement by Suicide
  • Understanding Your Eating  
  • Metaphors & Rituals as expression in Dissociative Eating 
  • Surviving Childhood Abuse & Parenting 
  • Domestic Abuse




Professional Experience

 

Since qualifying in 2006, my counselling work has taken me across the public, private and voluntary sectors in Dorset. 


  • Primary Care - Senior High Intensity Counsellor NHS (10yrs) - specialising in Counselling  for  Depression  
  • GP Surgeries (10yrs) 
  • - Weymouth
  • 'Professional Help' - Specialist Bereavement Counselling Service
  • 'Time to Talk' Initiative - Counselling for Carers
  • Local Business - Counselling for employees
  • National Organisations, Agencies and Charities
  • RUSS - (Road User Support Service) - Road Traffic Accident Trauma related counselling
  • Senior Counsellor in Further Education - Assessing and Counselling students at Weymouth College 
  • Higher Education - Counselling students at Bournemouth University
  • Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP's) - counselling for company employees
  • Women's Refuge (4yrs) - Domestic Abuse counselling


  • I also provide supervision for other counsellors in Dorset with a Humanistic, Experiential Practice


Previous Work


  • In addition to my counselling work, I have lead 'Pattern Changing' personal development courses for women who have experienced domestic abuse - specialist facilitator training with Dorset County Council & BCHA. 
  • Previous to my career as a counsellor, I held a portfolio lead position in The Dorset Youth & Community Service. I managed a county-wide team providing supervision for youth workers and 1:1 mentoring and coaching for 18-24 yr olds.
  •  I also designed and facilitated a personal and social development project for young people in further education - Children's Services, Dorset County Council (2005-2010)


I currently offer counselling in Weymouth to people aged 18 yrs and over


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