My training, qualifications & experience
After taking the preliminary courses up to Level 3, I studied and trained in Therapeutic (Person-Centred) Counselling at Strode College, gaining a CPCAB Diploma (Level 4).
During my training I worked as a counsellor-on-placement at Somerset and Wessex Eating Disorders Association (SWEDA) in Shepton Mallet. Post-qualification I worked as a qualified counsellor on placement at Glastonbury Surgery with the Counsellors' Collective South West.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to their Ethical Framework. As such I have regular supervision, and engage in ongoing personal development practices including Mindfulness meditation, and undertake continuing professional development, including lately:
- Polyvagal Theory
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Understanding Depression
- Psychodrama workshops
- Supporting Those Affected by Eating Disorders
- The Functions of Binge-Eating
- The nature of non-suicidal self-harm
- Supporting People in Bereavement
- Understanding Shame
- Working with the Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse
- Identity Issues Post-Military Life
- Understanding Sexual Violence
Leading up to counselling training I volunteered for Somerset Skills & Learning, offering learning support to adults and young people, and subsequently trained with the Citizen's Advice Bureau (CAB), supporting those needing advice, advocacy and information.