Wandering Traveler

ABOUT ME

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I am a professionally qualified Counsellor and an Accredited and Registered Member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This means that you can trust that I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.

As an Accredited BACP Member I am required to keep to a high standard of on-going training and development and attend monthly clinical supervision to ensure I provide all my clients with an ethical and safe professional service. 

I am experienced in supporting adults from 18 years old in areas including sexuality, relationships, and gender, as well as depression, childhood trauma, anxiety, and self-harming behaviours. I have a particular interest and experience in supporting neurodiverse clients; through the process of receiving diagnoses, and with associated mental health concerns including depression, disordered eating, relational challenges, and day to day functioning.  

Humanistic Integrative Counselling

I work within a humanistic integrative framework using elements of different counselling theories including person centred, existential and gestalt, to suit your individual needs. 

I am committed to centering the relationship between counsellor and client - between you and I – and see this as one of the key factors in a successful counselling partnership. To that end, I offer a free initial telephone consultation to allow a space for you to consider working with me, as well as committing to regularly reviewing the working relationship between us throughout the counselling process. 

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Autism

Having completed comprehensive training with The National Autism Society and BACP I have developed the skills to enable me to provide a more flexible approach to mainstream therapeutic services. My aim is that we work together to identity any adjustments that need to be made to allow you to engage in the counselling process with ease. I hope to create an environment centred around your individual needs to ensure you are comfortable to engage with me in a way that feels best for you.

ADHD 

I am interested in supporting clients with ADHD, in particular women with late diagnoses of ADHD who may have related mental health concerns including depression, disordered eating, relational challenges, and day to day functioning.  

Qualifications 

- Accredited and Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, York St. John University

- Graduate Certificate in Counselling, Salford University

Recent Training

- Autism and Eating Disorders Across the Lifespan - Bodywhys 

- Working with Race in Short Term Counselling in Higher Education - Birkbeck University 

- Safeguarding and managing risk through digital media - BACP

- Autism in Quarantine:  Supporting children & young people with ASD during COVID-19 - Emerging Minds

- Relational Depth in Counselling & Psychotherapy, incl. Online  - Mick Cooper / OnlinEvents

- Understanding Autism, Asperger's & ADHD - Open University /University of Derby 

- Working with Children and Young People Online - OnlinEvents 

- Working with difference: use of the ‘cultured self’ - Golnar Bayat, Trainer in Cross Cultural issues

- Safeguarding - Leeds College of Music

- Working with Muslim children and young people - BACP Webinar

- Autism and Eating Disorders - The National Autistic Society 

- Effective Brief Psychotherapy - Human Givens Academy

- Autism and the SPELL framework - The National Autistic Society

Alongside my private practice I am currently employed as a counsellor at Leeds Conservatoire where I deliver one to one counselling appointments to a diverse student body. I have previously worked as a counsellor in a number of different settings, including Place2Be children's counselling,  York Women's Counselling, The University of Sheffield and NHS Let's Talk via the Joan Pickard Counselling Centre.