For as long as I can remember I have been drawn to people and the characteristics that set them apart. I have also been fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity and the desire to listen to others’ stories within a variety of contexts throughout my life, and it is these truths that have put me firmly on the path to becoming a Counsellor.
My own life experiences and challenges have only served to further enrich me in my profession by deepening my understanding about survival; both from the perspective of the individuals we all are, and as members of the group to which we also belong - the human race.
I am amazed and inspired by the strength that resides at everybody’s core.
During times of adversity we can sometimes lose sight of that strength in ourselves or be unaware that it exists at all.
When the conditions are right, therapy can bring about that awareness, drawing it close enough to the surface for the client to grasp hold of their own exclusive inner steel, empowering them to welcome acceptance and positive change to their lives.
It's good to talk
BT was absolutely right! Professions such as Counselling and Psychotherapy are sometimes referred to as ‘talking therapies’ and there’s no denying the power of conversation to aid us through challenging times. In our everyday lives we may share our experiences with others allowing ourselves to be heard and supported whilst offering the same in return, and thus connecting us to our fellow humans.
However, it should also be recognised that there is equally high value in not talking, and this is of particular potency in counselling. During the therapeutic process conditions should be such that clients feel comfortable and safe for both verbal and non-verbal cues to unfold within sessions; this in turn will maximise every client’s potential for a successful counselling experience.
Qualifications and memberships
Post-graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy, University of East London
Extra Mural Certificate in Counselling & Counselling Skills, Birkbeck College in London
Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)