Mental health counsellor
Drawing upon many years of experience of working in the mental health profession, my aim is to help you help yourself move forward with emotional strength and resilience.
I am a senior accredited counsellor with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and have enjoyed the privilege of working in the field of mental health well being for nearly four decades. During this lengthy career I have worked with many different varied client groups including members of the LGBTQ community in the corporate, charity and NHS sectors.
My interest in healthy mental wellbeing developed from an early age when a family member was affected by a severe and serious mental health trauma. Initially qualifying as a mental health nurse I worked in various London hospitals including The Priory. When later I moved into working in the arena of talking therapies I worked for one of the major mental health charities, heading up one of their counselling services in West London. This then led to further work in the charity sector.
More recently I have worked in the NHS offering brief solution focused therapy to hundreds of clients throughout the UK. I have a passionate interest in self - care and since the Grenfell tragedy (June 2017) I have been teaching on this topic to firefighters.
With professionalism and respect I offer a straightforward matter of fact style - one that is relevant to to exploring the life concerns that LGBTQ clients may want to bring to therapy to address. Initially having trained in psychodynamic theory, over the years, I have added to and broadened my therapeutic approach to be able to work more collectively with varying presenting issues. Whether it's struggles with addiction, or moving on following a bereavement, struggles with low self esteem or addressing anxiety or depression, I will work with you to a place of healing, recovery and restoration. Using a bespoke compassionate and empathic approach my role is to facilitate clients to stop feeling trapped and dwelling on their past. With appropriate and thoughtful interventions I want to assist clients to move forward in an empowered way to embrace their future. I have frequently found that offering quality listening enables LGBT clients to be continually surprised with the progress that they can make.
All of the above enables me to draw upon a wealth of experience to offer a tried and tested robust therapeutic counselling listening service to the LGBTQ community. An approach that both recognizes the particular challenges akin to the LGBTQ community but is also sensitive to the wider concept of a human being who has a need to talk and a need to be listened to.
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
Diploma in Integrative Supervision
Alcohol & drugs, trauma, bereavement, anxiety, depression, stress and
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