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I am a qualified counsellor with a Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Counselling from the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling (BCPC). I work in Private Practice in Midsomer Norton. In the past I have experience of working with clients at Cruse Bereavement Agency, Bristol and with students via Student Listening Services at the University of Bath. I am a member with  the British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), and work within the boundaries of their code of ethics.  I am dedicated to my own continuing professional development.  This enables me to grow not just professionally but personally and I believe this contributes to a healthier way of being.

 

Prior to counselling my background had been in nursing, working mainly in critical care.  Moving on after a life changing event I found counselling was the perfect way that has enabled me to continue to care for people in a different way to nursing. This has challenged my thoughts in a positive manner on how to support people and empower them to grow and thrive.

 

My approach as a counsellor is in the Humanistic tradition.  This means I believe in the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client as the fundamental place where clients can safely explore what is troubling them.  I aim to achieve this by working respectfully in an empathic, confidential, transparent and non-judgmental manner.

 

Through a combination of my own life experiences and my professional training I am able to offer supportive and empathic counselling to people experiencing their own life challenges. To explore with them; to challenge and empower them to try and find within themselves the answers that may lead to their own life changes.

“In my early professional years I was asking the question: ‘How can I treat, or cure, or change this person?’ Now I would phrase the question in this way: ‘How can I provide a relationship in which this person may use for his own personal growth?”
 
– Carl Rogers