My Professional Qualifications, Counselling Experience, Specialist Area, CPD, Personal Approach.
My Professional Qualifications
Honours degree in Psychology: BSc (Hons) Psych (Open)
Diploma CPCAB Level 4: Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative) - BACP Accredited
Diploma CPCAB Level 5: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) - BACP Accredited
Certificate CPCAB Level 6: Certificate in Counselling Supervision - BACP Accredited
Certificate in Couple Counselling.
Register for British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists (BACP)
Member of BACP - British Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) (MBACP)
3 years' counselling work in addiction (alcohol and drugs) at Rise in Ealing W5, a government funded programme.
5 years' voluntary work experience in counselling common mental health problems with Phoenix Counselling - in Feltham.
5 Years' experience of trauma focused work (long and short-term impact work).
Some voluntary work experience and training in counselling children with Phoenix Counselling - in Feltham.
2012 to-date Associate Counsellor on EAP (Employee Assistant Programme) for an NHS Counselling provider.
September 2016 to-date Supervisor for qualified and trainee counsellors' work within a Domestic Violence organization - in Uxbridge.
September 2016 to-date Counsellor within a Domestic Violence organization in Uxbridge.
September 2016 to-date working on a Change Behaviour Programme (Domestic Violence Intervention Programme) for men and women who use intimate partner violence and would like to address and change any of these behaviours they no longer wish to retain - at Domestic Violence organization in Uxbridge.
Specialist Area in Counselling
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
I specialise in CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy).
For beneficial therapy outcome the number of CBT sessions taken will depend upon individual needs. However an initial 6 sessions are recommended for positive changes to take place and then to continue on an ongoing basis as required. This CBT approach requires tasks which I will introduce to give you tools to, for example manage anxiety or depression symptoms, work with negative thought processes, be in touch with feelings and behavioural patterns to help make positive life changes.
Specialist Area Experience
I have 5 years + experience of CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy). As my approach is integrative (meaning I can use different approaches, according to your individual needs) I also incorporate CBT with other therapies such as Person Centred, Gestalt, Psychodynamic, Existential, Transpersonal Psychology, Transactional Analysis. Within CBT I also include the use of techniques from Wellbeing and Mindfulness by practicing with you mindfulness exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation, visualization and other creative techniques to help develop self-awareness.
These techniques can then become your tools that you take with you to use independently from the counselling space that can empower and enhance your life.
CBT can be described as follows:
Lowers anxiety and depression to a manageable level.
Identifies and challenge unhelpful thoughts and feelings,
Links unhelpful thoughts and feelings to negative behaviour patterns and thinking to make them positive.
It is psychoeducational and psychotherapeutic.
A goal-orientated therapy and aims to help you reach your goal.
Works primarily on current problems and symptoms
It can also work with thoughts and feelings from recent past or childhood.
CBT can be helpful to work with a variety of issues including:
OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.
Learn practical self-help strategies.
Make negative thoughts positive.
Substance misuse addictions such as alcohol and smoking.
Relationship problems (workplace / personal)
Supervision for trainee and qualified Counsellors
I am a qualified Supervisor who can supervise Counsellors (in training and qualified) - please contact me for further information.
CPD (Continued Professional Development)
I continue my CPD remaining updated with my therapeutic skills, to continue my personal ethic to keep you, the client, at centre focus. Examples of CPD: Substance misuse (alcohol, drugs) workshops, conferences on updated law affecting Coercive Control (emotional, including physical abuse) in relationships, CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) workshops, BACP workshops.
My Personal Approach
I work with compassion, understanding, humility and integrity. I fundamentally believe in the strength that is in all of us, sometimes hidden needing recovery.
My commitment is to be with your ups and downs at your pace, until that strength is found again.
I work with the therapeutic relationship from a humanistic view of the world to really connect with and hear what happens in your session and so be with what is happening in your life now.
My counselling work is important to me and I feel the reward with you in therapy when you see a positive shift for you. I show and communicate empathy, providing that unconditional space so you are heard, that may be missing from your life.
I offer a confidential space in line with BACP ethical guidelines for Counselling and will advise the exceptions to confidentiality that currently exist. Therefore, you will have the opportunity to open up about your issues safely.