I trained 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. I completed a Diploma In Psychodynamic Counselling in 2007
After many years working in Information Technology I retrained to become a Counsellor. Having experienced various life difficulties myself, I was helped enormously by a counsellor and wanted to find out more about the skills, theories and research used in the profession. Once I started my training I realised that this was the world I wanted to work in.
I am now lucky enough to not only work as a counsellor but also to be part of a team that trains counsellors of the future.
As well as working in private practice I am the Curriculum Leader for Counselling courses at Gloucestershire College. I have taught at all levels from a 10 week introduction to counselling skills up to a two year Foundation Degree.
I have learned an enormous amount from colleagues and students and this experience has exposed me to a wide range of counselling theories, authors and research and has deeply influenced how I work as a counsellor
I gained professional accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) in 2011. The BACP is a membership organisation and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice (see their ethical framework here) and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the general public. You can find more details at www.bacp.co.uk
In order to maintain my accredited status I engage in continual professional development activities to help improve my practice.