QUALIFICATIONS & TRAINING
DIPLOMA IN PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING
I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor. The qualification is a CPCAB Level 5 in Psychotherapeutic Counselling. The main difference between a counsellor and psychotherapeutic counsellor is working at 'relational depth'. Relational depth is a deeper therapeutic connection between client and therapist, and it is at the centre of my counselling work. It also means I have the skills and knowledge to counsel individuals with more complex mental health issues.
DIPLOMA IN THERAPEUTIC COUNSELLING
I qualified as a counsellor in 2017. The qualification is a CPCAB Level 4 in Therapeutic Counselling. I have also passed the BACP's Certificate of Proficiency which is a standardised assessment to demonstrate I have the ability to be a professional counsellor / psychotherapist.
Prior to counselling training I was awarded Early Years Professional Status and graduated with a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Childhood Studies. These qualifications demonstrate a specialism in working with 0-5 year olds. My dissertation focused on attachment, which now supports my counselling work when working with children and adults.
GRIEF & LOSS TRAINING
I have undertaken training with The Foundation for Infant Loss and am on their Accredited Provider register.
I have completed a 16 week training course to be a Cruse Bereavement Volunteer. I visited people in their homes and offered short term counselling.
SAFEGUARDING AND DBS
I have completed Safeguarding training and have an Enhanced DBS which allows me to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults.
CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I am committed to completing 30 hours of continuing professional development every year. My learning supports me when counselling clients with more complex mental health issues.
I have completed training in Working with Gender Diversity, Demystifying Trauma - Understanding and Tools, Working with PTSD and Trauma, Mindfulness in the Counselling Context, Working with Young People (including online MindEd training), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), PODS: Trauma and the body; dissociation and somatisation, and ACPO DASH Training.
In light of Covid-19 I have completed a short course in Moving Your Practice Online, and attended weekly Counsellors' Webinars in 'Coronavirus - Considering Responses and Responsibilities' and 'Coronavirus - Considering if I can work with Children and Young People Online'. BACP in partnership with Open University course 'How to do counselling online: a coronavirus primer'