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Private one-to-one counselling in Worcester / Worcestershire.

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In common with many counsellors I came from another career first, which in my case was as an IT Manager and Director.


Computers have quite a lot of problems of their own, but don't respond very well to being invited to talk about their issues.  I found that their users, however, got on much better with this talking approach.  That ultimately led me into taking up counselling as a new career in 2005.


Owing to my background, some of the issues I am well-placed to deal with include:





I also lecture in counselling from time to time, for various places and in various guises.


In my spare time I enjoy craft projects, singing, reading novels, board games and computer gaming, watching films, comedy and sci-fi, and still spending time grappling with various computers.


I also have a strong sense of humour and believe that just because something is serious it doesn’t necessarily have to be miserable as well.


I hope that most of your questions will be answered through the other pages of this site; please contact me for anything else you would like to know.

I treat all my clients with a generally constructivist cognitive approach, i.e. starting from the premise that you have your own unique experiences and world-view, and you have to work in the context of those.  It is always up to you whether to try something or work in a certain way, or not.  The closer we fit the work to the person you are, the better it works and the better it sticks.


My professional qualifications


After an initial three years of training, I gained my "Advanced Diploma in Counselling" in 2008, which is in Humanistic, Person-centred Therapy. This qualification involves seeing clients through voluntary placements. The Advanced Diploma is what is considered the minimum qualification level at which a counsellor is "fit to practise".


I then continued with formal study for two more years and attained my "Higher Diploma in Counselling" (2010), which is in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, or CBT.


I also regularly attend workshops in various subjects to keep up-to-date with new ideas.


My professional memberships


I am an accredited member of The National Counselling Society (NCS) and a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).  Both of these societies have codes of ethical practice which I follow.


I am on two Accredited Registers that have been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.  This initiative was set up by the government to improve standards of safety for the public.


I hold professional insurance for working as a counsellor.

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