I worked as a nurse for many years throughout the UK in clinical areas such as Intensive Care, Theatres, Anaesthetics and Recovery and Acute and Chronic Pain Management. I was working in Pain Management when chronic back pain forced me to take time out of nursing. During my time out I completed a basic and intermediate counselling course at a local college which I loved.
Getting back into nursing again was great but it no longer "fitted" me like it used to. I made the decision to re-train as a counsellor which has been challenging and extremely rewarding. The nursing adds an extra dimension to me which I feel benefits clients as does my on-going chronic pain. Mostly I am pain-free now and pass on the evidence-based techniques and growing body of knowledge around pain physiology to individuals interested in managing their pain and improving their physical functioning. My varied life-experience is also a resource I draw upon in other areas of my counselling work.
Training, qualifications & Continuing Professional Development
I am a Registered and Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred). My counselling, mindfulness and nursing background really compliment each other in terms of knowledge and skills; allowing for a uniquely holistic perspective of the individual.
I have listed below the qualifications which I feel are relevant to my counselling work:
- Polyvagal influence on the mind and body
- Professional Doctorate in Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Modern Medicine Woman Training (Shamanic and energetic approaches) 3/5 Modules
- Moving Your Practice online (Online Therapy delivery)
- Rewind Trauma Therapy
- CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy -Introduction to Theory and Practice of CFT) and Advanced Clinical Skills in CFT
- Psycho-spiritual Therapeutic Shamanic Practitioner
- EFT Level 1 (Emotional Freedom Technique)
- Accredited Breathworks Mindfulness Teacher (Pain management and Stress Courses) and Meditation listed with the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teacher Training Organisations
- MA Clinical Counselling (Distinction)
- Certificate in Therapeutic Couples Counselling
- The Mind and Body of Safer Trauma Therapy
- Post Graduate Diploma in Pain Management
- BSc (Hons) Health Studies
- Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing (Adult)
The Counselling training course was very robust and rigorous, based at the University of Chester. We were regularly assessed on our counselling work (from tapes with real clients) during the three year course as well as being supervised clinically and professionally. During my training I undertook my own personal therapy above and beyond the university requirement. This was to be better able to support my clients and to understand myself better. It has given me insight into how it may be for you, the client, to embark on this unknown journey.
As an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred; Registration Number 36098), I follow their ethical code for personal and professional practice. Being on the BACP Register (a voluntary database of counsellors) and being accredited means that I follow extra assurances to maintaining high quality professional practice. Part of that is a requirement from my governing body to keep myself professionally up to date, which is audited yearly by the BACP. To maintain a high quality of therapeutic work I also undergo regular Clinical Supervision where I talk about my client work and what I could improve upon. My supervisor is bound by the same ethical and professional code as me and she/he is also a BACP member, so it is all confidential. Any client work I talk about in supervision is always anonymous and non-identifiable- it is about me rather than your concerns.
I also have personal therapy to learn more about myself so that I can be a better counsellor by being more fully present with you.