My professional qualifications and experience
When you’re choosing a counsellor or therapist in private practice, it’s highly advisable to check their background and credentials. Here are all the relevant details about me.
After starting as a trained volunteer bereavement counsellor in 1994, I counselled at Centre 33 (young people’s counselling & information service) in Cambridge for many years while working as local administrator for a national counselling organisation, and was later an NHS counsellor in primary care.
I've also trained in groupwork (experiential group theory and analysis) and have been involved for over 25 years in men's development groups, as leader or co-leader, in London and Cambridge. Since 2004 I have run my independent therapy practice on a full-time basis, and in 2009 gained a qualification in counselling supervision (professional consultancy for counsellors and therapists).
● CLIENT REFERRALS
Many of my clients refer themselves independently, sometimes finding me through professional directories (e.g. ASIIP, BACP, Counselling Directory, Pink Therapy, and Welldoing) and very often by personal recommendation from a friend or colleague. In addition, I’ve received referrals from GPs, Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire Police Authority, and local non-statutory employers. Private health insurers like Aviva, Friends Life and PruHealth have also referred their clients to my practice.
● TYPE OF THERAPY
My core training (2000-2004) was in Individual Psychology and Adlerian Counselling. This is an integrative system of theory and practice built on psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and existential principles derived from the original work of Alfred Adler. It is suitable for solution-focused brief therapy as well as long-term counselling. I also draw on other therapeutic models I have studied such as Gestalt, Human Givens, NLP, Hypnotherapy, EFT and Mindfulness. In the professional jargon I’m a “humanistic integrative” practitioner.
● CODE OF ETHICS
As a Senior Accredited and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I work with the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.