BACKGROUND AND QUALIFICATIONS
Below is some information about me, and how I practice. This information is here to help provide some reassurances for you that I have the training and experience to be able to keep you safe and help you.
My approach to counselling is grounded in philosophical roots and informed by current best practice through research. My theoretical underpinnings are that of Existential Psychotherapy, Person Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Relational Psychodynamics and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. I have received training in Transactional Analysis, Solution Focused Therapy, and Systemic Therapy. When we meet, the theories inform and support our work but fall into the background with you and your needs our focus.
I first qualified as a physical education teacher and soon found a disposition for teaching students with educational needs different to those offered by the mainstream. In order to learn more about the human mind and further my understanding of the human condition, I gained a Psychology degree. This, coupled with a thirst for philosophy, led to me training as a counsellor.
PGDip (Level 7) Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of South Wales
PG Cert Counselling & Psychotherapy - University of South Wales
Levels 1 - 3 Counselling - Stroud College
Bsc Psychology - Open University
CIPD - Cert Training Practice - Brighton College
PGCE -Physical Education - Southampton University
BA Hons - Physical Education - Leeds Metropolitan University
LOCATION OF MY PRACTICE
My practice is based in Royal Crescent, Cheltenham.
The initial session will last 50 minutes and is free of charge
Should you choose to begin counselling a 50 minute session will be £50 per session. I have a number of low cost slots available for people unemployed or of low income, please contact me for availability of these slots.
Discount is given for counselling/psychotherapy students of £30 per session.
At the initial session we will discuss what it is that has bought you to counselling, the number of sessions we will contract for, what you can expect from counselling with me and any other matters which may be important for you.
Only you can judge whether I may be the right person to help you. If you would like to arrange a free initial session or have any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07984717442 and leave a message, stating your name, and good time to call you back.
My Therapy Room
Royal Crescent - Cheltenham