2 year Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling – Leicester University 1999
2 year Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling – Leicester University 2001
I am a member of BACP and as such I am bound by their code of ethics and complaints procedures.
I have full Professional Indemnity insurance cover.
Organisations I work with
As well as my general private practice work I am involved with:
- The NHS in Corby, where I currently work as the Practice Counsellor at 3 surgeries.
- Employee Assistance Programs, which are organisations that provide counselling to the staff of private companies. Insurance companies, where counselling/CBT is provided to individuals as part of the settlement of their case.
- The Leicester Counselling Centre where I am the Chairman.
My approach to Counselling
There are many different theoretical approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. My core training is in Psychodynamic counselling, although I often draw on techniques from other approaches, such as, the use of some Conginitive Behaviour Therapy(CBT) in helping clients to deal with anger management or Progressive Visualisation Therapy for panic attacks.
Relationships with partners, family, work, hobbies or home can be difficult to sustain, or even form in the first place. You may feel stuck and frustrated and be unable to move on. This may be a repetition of an earlier learned way of viewing things which can get repeated and reinforced, going round in circles and creating a pattern of behaviour which makes manageable change and progress in life difficult. All this stopping and starting can lead to anxiety, depression, boredom, resentment, isolation… or a general feeling of unhappiness…. again.
Counselling is a private and confidential place in which to acknowledge these difficult feelings and recognise repeated patterns of behaviour without judgement, criticism or pressure from friends or family.
As a professionally trained counsellor I am there to guide and maintain some sense of perspective and containment in order to facilitate understanding and change. This does not mean that you will find me sitting quietly nodding occasionally and asking how you feel about something but neither will I tell you how to lead your life or pass judgement. I am an experienced and well qualified counsellor with a realistic approach to life and counselling. As a counsellor I would aim to be engaging, challenging and supportive.
The types of issues I frequently work with include:
- Anger Management
- Confidence issues
- Drug addiction
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Abuse
- Identity and Cultural Differences
- Intimacy/Relationship Problems
- Loss & Bereavement
- Loss of Enjoyment
- Low Confidence
- Low Self-esteem
- Panic Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Self harm
- Sexual/Physical Abuse
- Substance Abuse
- Work pressures