I attended a counselling taster course and basically got ‘hooked’!
I had experienced counselling myself in the past and found it helped me, and felt that I would like to be able to ‘be there’ for others. I am trained to degree level in Person-Centred Counselling, having previously studied counselling skills over several years. I now have several years’ post qualification experience with a wide range of clients.
I also have some experience of working with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused therapies. My experience though, backed up by research, is that what is most relevant to effective counselling, is the good working relationship that builds between counsellor and client. Sharing how you feel and being understood by your counsellor, who is trained to listen professionally, can be very validating. Having the opportunity to share how you are feeling with someone outside of friends and family, can help immensely.
I have experience of working with many kinds of problems, including low self-esteem
or confidence, stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, addiction,
bereavement, relationship problems, sexuality, financial problems and childhood trauma
I worked as a volunteer counsellor both with Age UK and a drug and alcohol recovery service in Brighton & Hove.
I currently work with Sussex Alcohol Counselling Service an independent counselling service in Sussex for issues relating to alcohol use including work stress, relationship issues, family breakdown, domestic violence, severe depression and anxiety.
Whether you are concerned about your own drinking or drug use, or someone else’s, we offer the support of a team of specialist experienced counsellors.
Until recently, I managed a well-known local charity's counselling service where I have gained a wealth of experience of older people and their needs.
In the past, I worked at The Carers' Centre and understand the difficulties unpaid carers face. I have worked in education and in health, and in both statutory and voluntary sectors.
Member of professional organisation/Insurance
Registered Member (31260) of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy* (BACP). I abide by the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in all aspects of my work. *BACP is accredited with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
My counselling practice is fully insured including Public Liability insurance.
Degree in Person-Centred Counselling, University of Brighton 2010 - 2012
Counselling skills at levels 1-3 2008-2010
NHS Health Trainer Course (Understanding Health Improvement) 2008
NVQ Level 3 and Foundation Certificate Award in Health Promotion skills 2008
Additional counselling training I have undertaken has covered many areas such as couples and relationship counselling, specialist adoption training (adoption counsellors are required to be trained and registered by law), suicide, self-harm, common mental health disorders, including eating disorders and Asperger's.
Challenges of working with the adoptive couple 2018
Barnardo’s adoption attachment focused therapy training 2016
Barnardo’s specialist adoption training 2014
Couples & Family Relationship Counselling
Affective Neuroscience & Attachment Theory - considerations for person-centered practice 2016
Person Centred couples counselling 2014
Sexual Violence, Rape & Trauma
Resilience in the face of Trauma: Working with Clients’ Coping Resources in Therapy 2019
Working therapeutically with survivors of sexual trauma 2014
Working With Sexual Violence, Rape & Trauma 2013
Basic Awareness Training in Sexual Violence 2013
Working with Trauma 2013
Other Counselling approaches
Introduction to Existential Counselling 2013
Introduction to Transactional Analysis 2013
Motivational Interviewing Enhancement Therapy 2012
Using the body in existential psychotherapy 2018
Finding creative ways to relate when words fail - working therapeutically with the arts with older people 2012
Working with the Body and Imagery in Counselling 2012
Sand tray Workshop 2012
Drug & Alcohol Training 2013
New Year New Beginnings 2013
Coping with Christmas 2012
Working Effectively with Ambivalence and Resistance 2012
Dual Diagnosis 2012
CRi ‘Drug and Alcohol Counselling’ 2011
Mental Health related Training
Recognising & assessing forms of mental disturbance - issues for therapists 2013
Mental Health Awareness 2011
Suicide & Self-Harm
Understanding & Working With Self Injury 2015
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training 2012
Safetalk Suicide Alertness 2011
Loss and Bereavement
Loss and Bereavement Training 2012
Safeguarding Children & Young People 2014
Safeguarding Adults 2012
Working Together to Safeguard Children ‘Developing a Core Understanding’ 2010
Equality and Diversity
Understanding Unconscious Bias 2016
Lesbian, Gay & Bi Sexual Awareness 2015
Race Equality 2009
Equality and Diversity 2008
Working with shame (Christiane Sanderson) 2017
Heart Intelligence Certificate (Gill Wyatt) 2012
Meditation and Relaxation 2012
Needs Assessment and Support Planning 2010
Emotional Intelligence for Frontline staff 2010
Influencing and Negotiating skills 2009
Mary Saunders 07890 806501