Choosing a Therapist. 

There are many therapists and also many different types of therapies. It's important to find someone who you feel you can work with - meeting them before you commit to a course of therapy is the best way of helping you decide. It's also very important to check that your therapist has the necessary training and experience to help you with your particular difficulty, as well as feeling 'right' for you.

There are a number of Professional Organisations that therapists may be registered with, though at present there is no legal requirement for qualifications. However, there is a relatively-new Voluntary Register** approved by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care, which was set up by Department of Health to safeguard members of the public - though not all therapists are Registered yet.


 My Background and Experience.

I worked for many years in Mental Health with children and adolescents, adults and older adults in a variety of settings - wards, clinics (including a Family Therapy Clinic) and in the community - and with many different people experiencing different problems.

 

This made me aware of an interest in counselling, and I had 4 years' formal post-graduate training at the University of Bristol as an Integrative Counsellor some years ago, and I'm now a Senior Accredited Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and am on the Register** with BACP.

 

I have also had training and experience in Group work, Psychodrama, Family Therapy and Supervision, as well as various other therapeutic methods of working, and I continue to expand and deepen my knowledge and understanding regularly. (Part of the requirement of remaining a Member of BACP is that I undertake Continuing Professional Development every year to keep my skills refreshed.)

 

 I have been working in private practice for nearly 20 years, and have been helping people with their difficulties for well over 30 years now. 

 

My approach is mainly Integrative and encompasses various elements of Humanistic therapy, as well as various other teachings which 'fit' with my internal philosophy and with what clients have found helpful.

 

Over the years I've learnt a number of techniques and strategies to help deal with the hurdles we come across in life - including those we create ourselves! If we aren't able to learn about our unhelpful patterns of behaviour, we can't learn new, more positive ways of dealing with life and relationships. So these 'tools' are also brought into my work with people when they're  needed.

 

Summary of my qualifications:-

RMN - 1969; 

SRN - 1973; 

Psychodrama Training - 1988; 

Family Therapy Training - 1990; 

Cert. Counselling - 1994; 

Post-Grad. Dip. Couns - 1997.

MBACP - 1997 

BACP - Accredited - 2001; 

BACP - Sen. Accred. - 2008); 

BACP Registered** - 2013