Qualifications and Continuing Professional Development
It is my aim to draw on all my knowledge and understanding to create a unique therapeutic relationship with each person, which enables them to complete the work they came to do (in the short term), or to become the person they want to be (which usually takes longer).
I regularly attend professional conferences and workshops to update my skills, deepen my understanding and increase my therapeutic skill. Continuing professional development is a requirement for all registered or accredited counsellors and psychotherapists (see below); I have also enjoyed the opportunity to reflect deeply on my work by belonging to two personal and professional development groups. One integrated mindfulness practice with gestalt experiments and bodywork. The other is ongoing, and in this group I experience a high level of support and a high level of challenge from colleagues who have an equivalent level of qualification. This is an opportunity to reflect on, explain and develop my understanding, emotional response to, and use of integrative psychotherapy.
I have a particular interest in healing the impact of acute and chronic trauma, using a range of skills according to the needs of the person or people in front of me. I attend a local group affiliated to EMDR North East for discussion of current issues and relevant research. I am developing my practical skills in delivering attachment-focused psychotherapy and EMDR.
I am registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I am an accredited member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland; also of the Interpersonal Psychotherapy Association (IPTA). All requirements are updated annually.
I hold a current DBA Certificate enabling me to work with vulnerable adults, updated every three years.
Certificate in Counselling 1990
Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) 1991
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy 2003
Certificate in Group Work 2004
MSc Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction) 2006
Diploma in Psychotherapy 2006
Diploma in Clinical Supervision 2009
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2009
Expert Witness Certificate 2011
Interpersonal Mediator's Certificate 2011
Certificate in Working with Couples 2015
Accredited EMDR Practitioner 2016
Interpersonal Psychotherapy 2016
Key Aspects of Continuing Professional Development
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 2008
Family Constellations 2010 ongoing
Advanced Groupwork 2013
Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy 2016
Certificate Level 2 in Understanding Autism 2017
Embodied approaches to psychotherapy 2017 ongoing
EMDR Consultancy Training 2018 ongoing
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