When I look at the world I am pessimistic, but when I look at people I am optimistic
- Carl Rogers
My journey into Counselling started when I was young. As a child and a teenager, I attended therapy for a phobia and developed an understanding of what Counselling was and what could be gained from a client's perspective. The importance of mental health was truly impressed upon me when I learned of the suicide of a close friend's father. The feeling of helplessness and desire to want to understand, combined with my genuine intrigue into the human mind, motivated me to sign up for my first Counselling course in 2010. It was at this point that I knew I had found my calling.
Since then I have undertaken several voluntary and employed Counselling roles together with further study to develop my skills and understanding of Counselling. Through this journey, I have found myself drawn to the person-centred approach. I believe the relationship between Counsellor and client is pivotal to healing. My aim and focus as a Counsellor is to work with you through the issues rather than dictate your road to recovery.
What is Humanistic Counselling?
Humanistic Counselling or person-centered Counselling is at its core, a talking therapy.
Person-centred therapists aim to build a relationship with their clients in which the client will feel comfortable to talk through and explore their issues. Your therapist will work to create an open, non-judgmental space in which you are able to speak freely about the issues you are facing.
Unlike other types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the sessions are lead by the client. The therapist is not the expert in the room but acts as a mirror for the client to understand and engage with the issues they may be dealing with.
I began my Counselling journey eight years ago. Since then I have worked and volunteered in a variety of environments including schools and for Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) providers . My most recent role involved working with clients from the British Medical Association, BBC, Houses of Parliament and various other organisations.
Registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP)
FdA in Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2 & 3