I am bound by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling & Psychotherapy of the
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I am also governed by the Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), supplemented by the Code of Professional Conduct & Fitness to Practice of the Sherwood Psychotherapy Training Institute (SPTI).
Each of the above require me to undertake an approved programme of continuing professional development, keeping me up-to-date with current research and practice.
Integrity and ethical principles lie at the heart of my work.
I believe it is really important for me to understand what each client is hoping to achieve through counselling, and that we work together in a way that feels right for them at whatever pace feels comfortable. At the initial assessment, there will be various opportunities to ask questions and we can set out a contract for a limited number of counselling sessions or for open-ended therapy. This will be reviewed as future sessions unfold.
There is no ‘set agenda’ and I welcome honest feedback from clients at all stages about how they are experiencing the counselling process.
I believe the experiences we have in childhood, through relationships and the environment we grow up in, affect how we function as adults. We may have developed some counter-productive ways of thinking, feeling or behaving, or there may be aspects of our personality we’re not fully aware of. These may become apparent under stress or when things happen that we feel we have no control over. I want to help clients make the most of life by living fully in the present, rather than being ruled by the past or worrying unduly about the future.
I use an Integrative approach, which combines theory and research into how the mind works taken from various counselling and psychotherapy perspectives. It provides a unified way of practising that is not limited to a particular school of thought and remains open to new ideas and evidence about the most effective ways of helping people. It also considers mind and body as a whole, in that one can affect the well-being of the other. This approach can be adapted to best suit the needs of each individual client.
Where it is appropriate for a client’s particular needs, I can also bring other activities such as mindfulness, body awareness, art/drawing or other creative approaches into our sessions.
Healthy relationships based on trust and mutual respect are a powerful force for enabling people to change, heal and grow. The relationship I form with each client is therefore hugely important to the approach I take.