British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
About 20 years ago I became interested in counselling while I was a volunteer in a Hospice. I studied Counselling and Psychotherapy for 5 years and then was awarded a degree. My governing body is the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (accredited) which has a very strict code of ethics and stringent guidelines which I have to adhere to. I attend refresher courses and seminars regularly which keep me fully up to date with all the latest research and general information in the counselling world.
NHS & Private Practice experience
I have worked for the NHS in a hospital setting and for the last 7 years in private practice. I had a private practice in central London for some years but am now almost exclusively based in the Wiltshire/Berkshire border. I see clients in my practice from my home but can also see clients in the local doctor’s surgery.
I attend personal supervision regularly which is also a requirement of my governing body.
- Fashion industry – advanced diploma from the London School of Fashion. I believe our own self image can greatly influence our confidence. This applies to both Men and Women. The ageing process can hugely affect the way we think other people judge us.
- Public relations – I handled accounts in the leisure industry. I think this helped me condense information into something that becomes easy to understand.
- West End Publishing – I had my own company which was responsible for publishing all the West End of London Theatre programmes. That world gave me a huge insight of the various shades of characters that can make up our world.
- I’ve raised my own family and feel I’m aware of the difficulties we all face at different stages in our lives.