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As a therapist, my approach is primarily psychodynamic, which places emphasis on unconscious psychological processes. However, I have also trained in skills-based therapies such as CBT and DBT.

My diploma training covered a range of different therapies and techniques and this has been supplemented throughout my career with regular CPD.

My career, spanning over 20 years, has been varied, including work in the private and third sectors, alongside working as a self-employed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. I now work full time from my own office in the centre of Burnley, offering face to face and online sessions for adults and adolescents.

I have extensive experience of working with clients who have been diagnosed with BPD/EUPD and bi-polar disorder. As a result, I have experience of working within the Family Court, providing therapy as per their recommendations. I can provide reports on engagement in and progress through therapy, however, I do not provide the expert witness reports.

My own experience of therapy was six months of CAT at Guys’ Hospital in London. This not only helped me work through my own difficulties at the time, but also formed the basis of my own approach when working with clients.

My interests are in forensic psychology, the work of Carl Jung, research into new treatments for voice hearers and the links between work and poor mental health.

I am a full member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists, who are an organisational member of UKCP. I am also registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council and a Graduate member of the British Psychological Society.

I have regular supervision with a UKCP accredited supervisor and hold full professional liability insurance.

 

My Experience 

 

My Qualifications and Training

 

About Me

Burnley Counselling Services - established 2003 

 

Self employed psychotherapist and hypnotherapist offering talking therapies, hypnotherapy, meditation and critical incident debriefing in the private sector. 

I work with individuals and couples, adults and adolescents. 

 

Hypno-psychotherapist and Group Therapist - East Lancs Integrated Health Care. 2008-2011

 

Providing psychological therapies including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, CBT and dynamic therapy to  compliment existing medical care for various disorders and conditions.

To lead psycho-educational group programmes aroun d East Lancashire including the Government's Pathways to Work Programme.

 

Trauma Consultant - Centre for Crisis Psychology 2005-2008

 

To offer counselling and solution focused therapy via telephone. Callers gained access to the helpline via their Employee Assistance  Programme or via referral following a traumatic event either in the UK or abroad.

 

Volunteer Support Worker - Womens'  Refuge 2007-2008

 

Offering emotional support to women and children at the local womens' refuge.

 

Helpline Volunteer - First Steps to Freedom 200-2001

 

To provide support and practical help to callers with anxiety disorders, withdrawing from tranquillisers, panic attacks and OCD.

 

Volunteer Harassment Officer DWP 1997-2001

 

To support employees who felt they were being bullied/harassed or who had had such allegations made  against them. To mediate between relevant parties if necessary and advise on company policy and  procedures

MA Social Sciences -Open University 2005

BSc(Hons) Psychology - Goldsmiths College University of London 1993

Diploma Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy - Centre Training International 2001 (UKCP Accredited Course)

Master Practitioner Meridian Therapies - Association for the Advancement of Meridian Therapies 

Youth Mental Health First Aider - Mental Health First Aid England 

DBT Essentials Level 2 Accredited - Association of Psychological Therapies 

Foundation Drawing and Talking Therapy - Drawing and Talking 

Introduction to Cognitive AnalyticTherapy - ACAT 

Certificate in Coaching - Centre for Coaching (Association of Coaching and BPS accredited course)

Full member of the National Register of Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists. (UKCP organisational member)

Graduate member of the British Psychological Society

Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. 

DBS Certificate No. 001137767743

Insurer - Balens Ltd

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