I am accredited and registered with the BACP and the UKRC. My main qualification is a Master of Arts Degree in Cognitive Behavioral Counselling. I have been working as a counsellor since 1997 when I joined MIND, the mental health charity, as a volunteer trainee counsellor. I am currently their supervisor assisting 13 trainee and professionally qualified counsellors with their client work. I also help to support and co-ordinate the service. I am employed by the NHS as a primary care counsellor for two GP practices in Cardiff
I am an associate counsellor/psychotherapist for many employee assistance programmes offering brief therapy to clients for companies like BUPA Wellness and WPA. I run a busy private practice.
In the past I have also worked for After Adoption Wales where I counselled people who are affected by adoption/relationship issues. I am qualified as a supervisor and am available to offer supervision to professional counsellors as well as those in training. I have CRB clearance.
I also have a Mindfields College, Human Givens Diploma. This training integrates training in Neuroscience, Social Science, Neuro Linguistic Programming, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, and Hypnotherapy. I have recently completed a certificate in Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprecessing (EMDR) with EMDR Works Ltd. EMDR has been studied for the last 30 years as an excellent (Nice Guideline Approved) treatment for emotional issues such as trauma, depression, low self-esteem and anxiety in all their various forms.
Many people experience a broad range of issues at the same time, I am experienced in helping clients with many of lifes difficulties for example:
Relationship difficulties are often self-perpetuating because our beliefs and reactions to one another trigger patterns of behaviour which stop us solving them.
This can take the form of generalised anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, lack of confidence or overwhelming stress and pressure. All can be treated swiftly.
Break the cycle of depression
Even chronic depression can often be lifted quickly and the meaning and joy returned to life.
I can treat post traumatic stress disorder effectively and quickly.
Managing/resolving anger issues
Anger disorders damage health, increase the likelihood of an early death and cause enormous misery among relatives, colleagues and innocent by standers.
Stop addictive behaviour
All forms of addiction can be helped - alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, TV computer games, and eating disorders - providing the person wants to make the effort to stop.
Relieve medical conditions
Many conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, asthma, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain and migraine, have an emotional component. Stressful events often trigger an outbreak because emotions affect health and vice versa.
My approach is always from a position of non-judgmental, deep empathy with a view to alleviating painful emotions and problem solving difficult situations as quickly as possible. My charge out rate can be negotiated.