Qualifications and Experience
I am a BACP Accredited with 23 years experience of working full time as a professional counsellor. I work for a number of major employee assistance providers as well as The Royal United Hospital, Bath. I also have a private practice in Newbridge Bath. Previous experience includes 18 years working for two GP Surgeries and four years as a counsellor at Off the Record Bath.
I have a first degree and subsequent diploma in counselling from University of the West of England. A two year Certificate in Counselling from University of Bristol. Further training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction/ Cognitive Therapy. I completed Mindfulness Teacher Development Level 1 at Bangor University 2009. I have also completed the Fundamentals of Psychosynthesis as well as working with a Psychosynthesis trained Psychotherapist over a period of five years in the late 1990's. I have trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is another body orientated approach to working with trauma and accessing and shifting repressed feelings, body sensations and changing negative beliefs linked to traumatic events. I also work with clients who have stress, anxiety and trauma using embodied self awareness and expression of sensations and feelings held in the body.
Family Constellations ( Bert Hellinger) is a powerful way to work with family dynamics and relationships as well as personal issues. I have recently trained in Family Constellations with Barbara Morgan UKCP registered psychotherapist and incorporate this approach into my counselling, couples therapy and family therapy work where appropriate.
I regularly practice Mind- Body awareness and expression exercises and I am attending ongoing training and workshops to develop further my skills and qualities of working with embodied self awareness. I have practised Yoga and meditation since the early 1980's and attended a number of personal development trainings since 1985. I ran Eight Week and Four Week Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Courses for BANES Talking Therapy Services for two and half years, stopping in October 2017. I have also worked with professional rugby players and golfers with performance anxiety and other problems related to performing in sports.
I am CRB Enhanced Disclosure Checked.