Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling from Kirklees College (2018).
Level 4 qualification in Information, Advice and Guidance.
Level 3 Certificate in CBT, Peterborough College of Adult Education.
Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Theories, Peterborough College of Adult Education.
Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Peterborough College of Adult Education.
Now in my fourth year as a Counsellor, including working at Mind in Barnsley and self employed.
13 years working with adults with mental health problems at Mind and Richmond Fellowship as a Mental Health Employment Specialist, Trainer and Manager.
BACP registration number - 376773
Areas of Specialism
I have not yet acquired any formal specialisms because Person Centred Counselling has the potential to work with any problem. However I feel that my life experience and interests mean that I am very well equipped to work with people holistically. I don't have much faith in the medical approach to mental health and I don't believe in labeling people; my client's name is not 'Schizophrenic' - she is Alyssa. I believe that often when we are talking about 'mental health problems', what we are really talking about is problems with living, and it doesn't help to pathologise this.
You will be accepted for who you are; as an inclusive counsellor, I welcome the opportunity to work with people of all sexual orientations, genders, ethnicities and races. If you identify as queer, genderqueer, male, female, gay, straight, asexual, kinky, pansexual, atheist, spiritual or pagan, I look forward to working with you. I recognise that identifying as LGBTQ, doesn’t mean that’s the reason you want to come to counselling. Whatever a person’s sexual identity, life still throws stuff at us. I am straight, however I offer inclusive counselling free of judgment and assumptions.
I have a very strong belief that counselling can help you, because it helped me; it was this experience that drove me to train as a counsellor.
Life throws difficult problems at us, e.g. stress at work, bullying, racism, sexism, relationship problems, parenting and bereavements. It is hard to decide which way to go and what it all means.
Friends and family often mean well but their advice is not always helpful.
In addition to counselling, I was helped holistically to overcome my own difficulties by exploring the meaning of life through poetry and literature. And through walking and being outdoors and learning to appreciate the natural world.
It is my belief that although the bad things that have happened to us in the past will never be okay, we can integrate them into our life stories and come to terms with them. Also I feel that in every difficult situation we have the power of choice, although often we don’t see it.
I cannot give you advice, however I will sometimes offer suggestions and give information, and I will work with you to enable you to find your own answers
As individuals, what makes us unique is often a vital clue to unlocking our problems. I believe finding our own path to contentment lies in celebrating our difference; being honest with ourselves and others and liberating ourselves from the expectations of other people and society.