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Qualifications and Experience

I am a counsellor and psychotherapist.  I work with adults and with young people (secondary school age) on a one-to-one basis.  I work in Stonesfield near Woodstock and  Witney in Oxfordshire.  I am Registered with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).  My Registered number is 107571.  I am also Accredited by the BACP.  I worked for eight years at Wantage Counselling Service and for three of those years at King Alfred's Academy in Wantage as well, before setting up my private practice in 2014. 

My relevant qualifications are:

*  a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (Psychodynamic),

*  a Certificate in Psychotherepeutic Counselling

*  a degree - BA (Hons)

 

The BACP  is a professional organisation for counsellors and psychotherapists.  I work within their “Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions” which you can download from their website:  https://www.bacp.co.uk

               

How I work

As each of us is unique, it is diffcult to describe exactly what counselling is like.  Each person has their own experience and wants to come for counselling and psychotherapy for their own reasons.  However, I can give you an overall picture of what I do.

I work face-to-face with adults and young people on a one-to-one basis.  I work in quiet rooms in Stonesfield which is near Woodstock and Witney in Oxfordshire.   During our meetings, you might tell me about how you are feeling, what is happening in your life, what has happened to you in the past.  I am respectful and I do not judge people.  This is extremely important to me.  The most important part of counselling is the relationship between me and my clients.  The meetings are highly confidential.

I trained as a Psychodyamic counsellor and this means that I think that our earlier experiences in life can have an enormous effect on how we react to situations in the here and now.  So I will probably ask you to tell me about your past experiences and your childhood.  However, since my training, I have adapted my approach to include other influences when they would be helpful for my client.  These include Gestalt, Person-centred, Psychodrama, trauma therapy and Mindfulness.

Together we might explore feelings that you have buried deeply, sometimes for many years.  This process can be painful, but is usually a source of great relief.  Talking to someone who is not involved directly in your situation can be much more effective than talking to a friends or family members who have their own feelings about the situation.  I would bring you the chance to explore your feelings and the opportunity to work out some new ways of handling situations or relationships that you find difficult.

Counselling can unearth difficult feelings at times.  It often increases your self-esteem.  It can be life-enhancing and life-changing, improving relationships with friends, family and partners.  It works by increasing your sense of who you are, by helping you to adapt your approach to others and situations in a healthy, productive way.  It can help you to see situations from a more objective point of view.

 

If you want to know more, please go to the CONTACT page to find out how to get in touch with me.  

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