Professional Qualifications relevant to Counselling:
• Diploma in Counselling
• Professional Diploma in Education
• BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
• EMDR Europe accredited training
In addition I have a B.Sc. (Ext. Lond.), a Professional Diploma in Education, and was a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants in private practise for 20 years.
It is important to keep in mind that qualifications are merely an indication of a level of academic achievement and a foundation on which the therapist builds their practice. Psychotherapy, whatever the model depends on the relationship you, the client, are able to build with your therapist, because if you feel you are not valued by her or him, a trusting relationship will never develop and it is from that trust that recovery emerges. Healing a client's wounded mind can only be done by the mind itself. The therapist may be able to facilitate the healing, but they have no magic wands. Healing comes about by the client changing their view of themselves and their view of the world, and the therapist can only create a safe place in which the client can look at the way they see the world and themselves, work out what part of the model is inaccurate and make the necessary adjustments to bring it back to being a fair representation of the way they see reality.
Areas of Specialism
I work with adults (over the age of 18 years) who are not at peace with themselves.
I work both short term and long term with my clients, depending on their needs; very occasionally, clients have felt their difficulties have been resolved in one appointment, but most of my clients have been able to resolve their difficulties in four, six, or eight sessions. Occasionally twelve appointments or more may be needed in more complex cases of trauma.