As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy I agree to a code of ethics for good practice and I hold a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I am also listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Information about the register can be found by clicking here.
I am trained as a generic counsellor, meaning that I am able to work with most issues that people might bring to therapy and I currently offer private practice counselling in central Bristol.
I come from a background in problematic substance use therapy and I have worked as a counsellor for organisations such as Swindon & Wiltshire Alcohol & Drug Service and Turning Point, one of the biggest providers of substance misuse services in the UK today. Prior to this I began my career as help-liner for the charity No Panic where I gained experience in helping those coping with generalised anxiety disorders including panic attacks, phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Since establishing myself as an independent counsellor I have gained additional knowledge and experience of working with people who have come to therapy looking to work on more general issues such as anger management, work-related stress, lack of confidence and other concerns.
Primarily I am interested in helping people to work towards solutions that enable them to feel happier and more contented. I like to think that the support I can provide will eventually enable them to break free from the situations and even potentially self-defeating ways of thinking and behaving that could be restricting their ability to feel satisfied and more fulfilled in their lives and in their relationships.
I also have further training in working with trauma, working with couples, motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques and significant experience of working in the health & social care sector. In addition to working in private practice I currently teach counselling skills at further and higher education level.