Why am I a Person-centred counsellor?
My love of the person-centred approach is its total flexibility. At the beginning of my journey with you, I don’t know where our path will take us. You will bring your own requirements, a different story and your own personality.
I don’t like to be labelled and I don’t like to label others. I try not to make assumptions based on the way someone looks or speaks and I’ll chat with you about what you need and how you want to approach your counselling. Although it may not always feel like it, at any given time and in any situation you know what is best for you. No one else has lived your life and no one will react in exactly the same way as you.
I work with a wide range of issues and no two individuals are the same, resulting in an unrepeatable journey with you.
Working with creative materials can be really helpful in the therapeutic process. I have found that when I focus on creating something it frees my mind so that I can become more aware of my feelings. (I sometimes notice this same effect when I exercise.)
I’m not talking about artistic expertise here – I’m still scarred from never getting my paintings on the wall at school – just using paints, crayons or dough to express some thoughts and feelings. Some people like to use their non-dominant hand to remove their own expectations of pristine results and allow them to work without judgement.
I encourage you to explore but as always you know what’s best for you and I will never push you to use the creative materials available.
Once I had qualified, I continued my voluntary placements for a while. I enjoyed being a counsellor in a women’s centre. I worked with women of all ages and who came to counselling for a variety of reasons. I found it very satisfying to work with these women as they found their feet and explored the possibilities open to them, sometimes creating space for themselves for the first time in their life.
I also worked with bereaved adults and children in a counselling service at a hospice care centre. We all have different experiences of bereavement and sometimes we may not like the person who died! The people around us sometimes make judgements about the way we should grieve and for how long we are allowed to show our grief. These expectations from other people can make our loss harder to cope with.
My first paid counselling role was in a secondary school working with both students and staff. The issues we discussed were very varied but I particularly enjoyed seeing students empowered by my lack of judgement.
During my training to the present day, I have worked as a volunteer for a telephone helpline for people who are struggling to cope. This can be for lots of reasons. I find it very satisfying to be a warm caring voice when someone has nowhere to turn.
I now work in private practice.
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CAPB Level 4 (2019)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies CAPB Level 3 (2017)
- Certificate in Counselling Skills CAPB Level 2 (2017)
Recent further training/courses include:
- Working at relational depth
- Societal rape myths and traumatic reactions
- Integrating artwork into your counselling practice
- Queering the therapy space
- Working with Bereaved people
- Using creative resources with adults children and young people
- Introduction to person-centred expressive arts therapy
I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and follow their ethical framework.
I am a member of The Person-Centred Association and meet regularly with other therapists to maintain my high standards.