Like many people I thought my life plan was quite straightforward, after teaching overseas a career break whilst the children were small, then a return to teaching. Post natal depression had other ideas. However it led me to doing something few have the opportunity to, look at where I was and where I wanted to be. Which is how I began training to be a therapist.
I am a fully qualified counselor with a professional diploma in counselling. This included 100 hours of supervised volunteer counselling, with organisations who provided low-cost or free counselling to clients from very diverse backgrounds. It cemented within me the need for therapy to be more affordable and accessible to all.
My initial training was person centered, in essence this means believing you, the client, is the expert in your own life. I see myself as a guide, or navigator, whose role is not to take charge but to walk alongside you. I was fortunate that my department took an integrationist approach, encouraging us to use and develop skills from all schools of counselling.
I have undergone specific training in working with:
- domestic violence
- child abuse
- couples counselling
- working online
- drug and alcohol use
- family breakdown
- gender and sexual diversities including; Asexuality, BDSM, bisexuality, non binary identities, polyamorous and non monogamies, kink and trans clients.
Choosing to start counselling is for many a huge step. People can be concerned about stigma, stirring up the past, being judged. Many clients approach me after previous negative experiences of counselling. I offer empathetic, non judgemental open-minded counselling, always rooted in my credo that everyone is doing the best they can, with the resources they have available to them.
I am a fully registered member of the BACP, the largest regulator of counselling in the UK. I adhere to their ethical framework, and complaints procedures. I believe passionately in ethical practice, and the need for strong regulation of counselling to protect clients from abusive or negligent therapists. I am also fully insured. It matters to me that clients feel able to make a complaint just as they would against any other professional. I advocate for better training of therapists in gender and sexuality diversity. I am also working with Pink Therapy to improve the therapy offered to sex workers, an often stigmatised group. I offer counselling via skype, instant messaging, email or face to face working from offices in the Tyne Valley. I currently work with clients from across the world who find online counselling fits best with their needs.
If you would like to discuss counselling further you can contact me on Northumberlandcounselling@gmail.com
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