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What is Counselling?
Counselling is a journey which will probably involve visiting unfamiliar and often emotional places. It has been said that "We have to feel worse in order to feel better". In my contact with you I accompany you in your journey, through three stages, awareness and exploration, understanding and change. I work by helping you to empower yourself and help you find solutions to whatever issues you may have.
As a qualified counsellor I am accountable to BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I offer a confidential, safe place for you to talk about your concerns with me. As part of my practice I am required to attend regular supervision. I work flexibly within my professional clinical boundaries and within the BACP Code of Ethics.
My experience & how I work:
This includes working with a variety of individuals and couples of opposite and same sexes, from different cultural backgrounds. I currently work for the NHS, and I have worked in a voluntary agencies including Relate, Hungerford (drugs & alcohol), LGBT charities, PACE, London Friend, Terrence Higgins Trust.
I work using a variety of techniques, mainly humanistically, which means we look at you, the person, not just any diagnosis, nor condition. We work together work in two main areas, contact and awareness. I work with individuals and couples.
I use a series of short-term techniques, at times of crisis to empower the individual. I will normally offer you an initial 6-12 week session, which may be extended if necessary. We work at your pace, although I might "push you" a little. You lead with whatever you wish to talk about, and I follow you. We will be working with "endings", as much of the work can involve loss. This means say, loss of a relationship, your health, ageing, career, family, or a baby.
I can offer emotional support in the following areas.
Relationships - break-ups, separation, bereavement & loss, loneliness.
Individuals - low self-esteem sexuality, concerns over health, depression, anxiety, anger, addictive behaviour, traumatic experiences, sexual issues and suicidal thoughts.
Having worked at PACE as their Sexual Health Counsellor and at THT, I have several years experience working with gay men and their struggles. I have also worked with LGBT people affected by drugs & alcohol, and sexuality concerns.
I have several years experience of working with couples individuals & couples and many where their relationships are affected by HIV. I have been and currently still practice in the NHS as an HIV counsellor in a community setting.
I am aware of how people are stigmatised and marginalised by their differences, whether this be sexuality or HIV status and I am sensitive to these issues in my approach. I work discretely and confidentially.
BACP Code of Ethics:
You may wish to look at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy website www.bacp.co.uk. This has a complaints procedure and a code of ethics to which I am bound.
I have ten years experience of client work. I currently work for the NHS as an HIV counsellor in a community setting. I worked in several voluntary agencies including Relate, Hungerford (drugs & alcohol) Project, LGBT charities including PACE, London Friend, and I was at Terrence Higgins Trust for six years.
I currently volunteer for The CARA Trust in London. I also facilitate therapeutic support groups for individuals, and have provided group supervision at Terrence Higgins Trust. I have worked with groups for more than four years now.
Qualifications and Training
- BACP Qualified and accredited. I pursue on-going professional development as part of my accreditation.
- Advanced Professional Diploma in Gestalt Theory (The Getalt Centre & London Metropolitan University) 2005.
- Post-Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (London Metropolitan University) 2004.
My standard fees are £45 for individuals per session (which is 50 minutes), and for couples are £70. There will be a charge of £25 for the initial consultation and for couples it is £50. In exceptional circumstances fees may be negotiable. Fees are payable one week in advance.
The initial consultation is an opportunity for me to meet you and for us both to agree to work together, and for us to assess your situation and possibly the focus of your work.
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