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, neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), 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.