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I trained as a Psychodynamic Counsellor with the Gloucestershire Counselling Service (GCS) in Stroud. GCS deliver what is widely recognised as a comprehensive, demanding and rigorous training programme which also provides trainees with hundreds of hours of supervised Counselling practice.
After passing my Diploma In Psychodynamic Counselling I continued working with GCS as an Associate Counsellor until I gained my Accreditation with the BACP.
I now work in private practice in Cheltenham.
My work is informed by the thinking of various theorists from Sigmund Freud to Donald Winnicott, from John Bowlby to Carl Rogers, who have all contributed some amazing ideas that can help us understand ourselves and our fellow human beings.
My firmly held belief is that, for counselling to work, I need to adhere to Carl Roger’s Core Conditions of Empathy (trying to “walk in your shoes”), Congruence (being real and honest) and Unconditional Positive Regard (warmth and non-judgemental acceptance) when I am with my clients.
I also teach Counselling skills and theory courses at Gloucestershire College. As a result of my own experiences, I would like to help people whose lives have been affected by others misusing alcohol or drugs.