I began by completing a Certificate in higher education in counselling at level 4 at Sheffield Hallam University. Here I gained knowledge of many different approaches to counselling and ways of working with clients.
The type of counselling I chose to practise was the person-centred approach, and this lead me to study and learn how to practise this type of therapy at Calderdale College in Halifax. Here I completed a Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at level 5 which qualified me as a person-centred counsellor.
I have also gained a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling degree at Leeds Metropolitan University to further my knowledge of the therapeutic world. This gave me a vast insight into the nature of human beings and added to my professional development.
Training and continuing professional development
I have completed training courses in……..
- Self-harm awareness,
- Safe guarding children,
- Understanding dissociation and Complex dissociative disorders,
- The use of Cognitive behavioural therapy for post traumatic stress disorder,
- Court skills,
- Interviewing skills,
- Forensic awareness,
- Vicarious Trauma.
- Working with men who have experienced sexual abuse.
Work Experience in the Helping Profession
I currently run my own private counselling practice in Stocksbridge, Sheffield where I see clients with a wide range of problems and issues. I also see private clients, and clients who come through the charity GamCare in Hillsborough, Sheffield at Wellspring Complimentary Health Centre. On Thursdays I work as a therapeutic counsellor at Barnsley Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Service (BSARCS).
I previously worked as a therapeutic counsellor at The Leeds Wellbeing Centre before its unfortunate closure in 2013.
My very first experience working in the helping profession was as a befriender for Halfway Befriending Scheme. This role required me to help people back into the community after they had suffered periods of depression, anxiety and isolation.
I have also volunteered for The National Self-Harm Network which consisted of helping people who self-injure, along with their friends and families.
I have a high quality of experience in the counselling profession, as I have had the chance to work with both women and men of a wide range of ages, cultures, spiritual stances, religions and different sexual orientations.