Hello and welcome. I am a qualified integrative counsellor psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I was trained within the adult field and therefore work with all individuals 18 and over. Being trained from that of an integrative approach simply allows me to pull upon a range of different psychological theories to help my clients in a tailored way that meets their specific needs.
I have worked within the NHS with solution focused therapy, also carrying out integrative therapy seeing clients F2F within Phoenix Counselling and psychotherapy agency. I now work in private practice offering clients a non - judgemental space for anything they need to explore - committing to confidentiality. I hold a current advanced DBS and am registered with the ICO.
I hold the following qualifications -
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
What brought me to my counselling career -
I embarked on my nursing career and spent almost the whole three years doing my clinical placements, assignments and exams. Unfortunately I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 23 years old. I then took a years break from my studies to attend pain rehabilitation sessions. From this I then returned to repeat and finish my final year. During this final year I battled discrimination around my disclosed diagnosis. After this discrimination and lack of received /experienced equality I left my nursing studies behind - 3 months before qualifying.
I wanted a way to help others without the physical practicalities that comes with a career in nursing. Working in therapy and helping people through the route of mental health had been an active idea for a while. I then took the daunting steps of the pathway to become qualified in this field. After long years of study and ongoing commitment and determination on working on self - I am where I am today.
Fibromyalgia defined me when I was diagnosed. However, after so many years of lived experience with it plus 75 hours of personal therapy as per required when training in this field by most UK training institutions, getting to know myself throughout my training and finally working with the energy in my body in a practiced martial art, I have become increasingly aware of the benefits when working closely with mind and body and somatic responses.