Counsellor Godalming - Approach and Experience
I am a qualified counsellor with a degree in Humanistic Counselling and a BA (Hons) in Counselling. My practice integrates Person Centred and Gestalt theories and Existential philosophy. My client work is also informed by Attachment Theory and Transactional Analysis. I have also gained some knowledge of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques. This combined learning enables me to offer therapy to suit the individual as opposed to offering only one fit for all.
My experience has been developed from working with Bereaved/Pre- Bereaved clients and their families at Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice in Farnham. I work part of my week at the hospice, supporting patients, carers and families who have either lost a loved one or are living with a family member with a terminal illness. My role includes offering one to one support at the hospice, at home or at schools. It also includes the planning and facilitation of a support group for newly bereaved adults. Within my role I have worked with grief, complicated grief, loss, anger, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship and family issues.
I have also gained valuable experience of working with young people (12-24 years) from my work for the Youth Counselling Service in Guildford (NHS/Virgin Care). Issues I worked with include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, self harm, suicidal thoughts, anger, relationship issues, exam related stress and drug and alcohol abuse.
Within my private practice, I have experience of working with a wide range of issues that include anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and relationship issues. I have worked with IAPT (NHS) clients in short term therapy, referred to me via The Eaves.
I am a warm, empathic and genuine person, as a therapist I meet my clients as equals not as their expert. I like people and value the opportunity to stay alongside another person on their journey through whatever challenges they face.
PG Diploma in Counselling Supervision (Surrey Counselling Training)
Ba Hons in Counselling (University of Greenwich)
Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling (University of Greenwich)
NCFE Levels Counselling Skills 1, 2, 3 (Guildford College)
I have attended a wide range of additional training that includes; Working with Anger, Safeguarding Adults, Working with Relational Trauma and Dealing with Disorganised Attachment, Child Sexual Exploitation, Working Relationally with Addiction, Working Systemically with Venograms, Transactional Analysis 101, Understanding and Working with Anxiously Attached Clients, Grief when a child dies, Facilitating Groups and IAPT training.
Professional Body Membership
I am an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their guidelines for ethical practice, which includes regular supervisory support for my client work.