Why I decided to become a counsellor.
I decided to become a counsellor after realising that being a good listener was something that came naturally to me. Throughout my life its been a common theme that people seem drawn to confide in me without any encouragement and I even experienced this as a child. The feeling this gives me is one of privilege, when someone sees me as a person they can trust and share their private thoughts and feelings with. I still consider completing my counselling training to be one of the best things I have ever done. It is a job that I find endlessly satisifying and rewarding and it means a huge amount to me to work alongside people who are seeking to make positive changes in their lives. I am always honoured to meet those who have the courage to take the first step.
After completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of York in 2005, I gained my Diploma in Counselling in 2009 with COMPASS, which is a Liverpool based centre of excellence providing training for counsellors, as well as a high quality conselling service where I was fortunate enough to have my first placement. My training at COMPASS was based on a relational model focusing on our connectedness to others and how our early relationships impact our development. In 2011 I took an introductory course in Transactional Analysis to broaden my understanding of other approaches.
I have worked as a counsellor since 2007 in a voluntary capacity as well as in paid positions. In 2009 I became involved with a national sight loss charity where I helped to set up and run a dedicated counselling service for visually impaired people and their family members in the North West. In 2013 I took on the full responsibility of managing this service and have enjoyed seeing it grow and change so many people's lives. I currently work from home in private practice and relish the freedom this brings and how refreshing it is to welcome people into my own space, where I provide them with a comfortable and relaxed environment in which to discuss their concerns.
My Professional Association
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. Being a Registered member means that you can trust in my commitment to high standards and can be assured that I am a fully trained and qualified counsellor, and that I maintain my standard of practice through continuous professional development. In 2012 I was one of the first counsellors in the country to gain entry onto the BACP's Accredited Register of Counsellors & Psychotherapists after successfuly completing a Certificate of Proficiency test.