Following the completion of my English and Linguistics degree in 1995, I embarked on a career change that I had always wished to pursue. I qualified as a counsellor in 2005, after a 1 year placement with children’s services, required as part of my training.
Following on in April 2005, I commenced with the Youth Offending service / Parenting service (within Darlington Borough Council). My role was as a senior counsellor, a challenging and variable position, which involved counselling individuals with complex needs.
In 2009 I worked for ‘Neca’ a charitable organisation supporting and treating those who where involved in addictions. I am a thoughtful, warm, adaptable, confident and non judgemental individual. Focusing on each client, as a unique individual with differing requirements.
With over fourteen years, post qualification experience working in the public sector (youth offending, social services) and a charitable organisation (substance and alcohol service), In 2015 I felt in a position to open my own private practice. I have had an extensive knowledge of working with a broad client base, and a varied range of complex issues. I use a variety of theoretical and integrative approaches to adapt to the requirements of individuals specific needs. In March 2015, to the present date. I am employed by Insight Healthcare, as a High Intensity Therapist. This is an IAPT Service (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) – offering short term therapy for Depression, Anxiety and Stress. The role also includes working with complex needs and DSPI clients (Darlington Suicide Prevention Intervention).
I am fully accredited with the British Association for Counsellers and Psychotherapists (BACP). BACP accredited status ensures a commitment to high standards, enabling the public to have confidence that the therapist works ethically, is trained and fully qualified. The BACP state that accredited counsellors have 'surpassed registration standards and demonstrated, mature competence in counselling training and practice'.