What is my counselling Training, qualifications & experience?
I completed 3 years of training, my initial therapy training was at the Iron Mill College in Exeter where I gained a certificate in counselling. I subsequently gained a Degree in Integrative therapy from the University of Worcester.
I believe it is essential in this work that I keep my training to a high standard, I am therefore committed to ongoing training and continuing professional development.
My Philosophy-The Acorn principal.
Imagine an acorn that has falls from an oak tree. This acorn has the potential within it to become a mighty oak tree itself. Squirrels help oaks spread, because they store acorns in the ground, practically planting little oak trees,
Given the right conditions, the acorn will germinate and automatically grow and accomplish this outcome. People are like the acorn, we seek to continually grow in positive ways. A counsellor is the squirrel to aid the process through therapy.
The acorn principle means we have to look inside and discover what seed we are being. We seek to be acorns who will develop into oak trees. If the right conditions are provided to meet the needs of an acorn, you will grow to become a mighty oak tree. Your fastest, easiest and most enjoyable growth comes from your natural talents and skills. You are the best expert on who you are.
Others may make you think you are a pine
Parents, teachers, friends, family members, employers and other authorities sometimes project on us what they think is best for us. They see us from their own perception, ideas, unfulfilled aspirations, ambitions or dreams. They try to shape us accordingly.
An acorn can only become an oak tree no matter you or others may want it to become. If you focus on modelling into a pine and learning pine ways and skills, even if they seem to work, they will hinder you from identifying with the oak in you. You will develop into an underdeveloped oak tree with good pine skills and ways.
Being this way, you will neither be a pine tree nor a satisfied oak tree. This could lead you to identity crisis, confusion and unhappiness. You may wish to look like a pine tree but if you are an oak on the inside, you might become a hybrid tree, feeling out of place both with pines and with oaks.
Discover the best version of you because you Matter!
What is my Approach?
I work within an integrative framework because I take the view that there is no single approach that can treat each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole, and counselling techniques must be tailored to individual needs and personal circumstances. I believe that my clients are unique individuals, they need therapy that is able to embrace their uniqueness rather than expecting them to fit in with one particular way of working.
I apply the following therapies where appropriate:
- Person Centred approach
- Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Creative therapy and more
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