I am fully insured and qualified and am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) whose ethical guidelines I work within.
In the years I've been counselling I have helped many men and women from all ages and backgrounds experiencing difficulties with bereavement, relationship and family problems, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. I have also helped clients with behavioural concerns such as substance abuse, phobias, self-harm and deeper concerns resulting from past and present neglect, abuse or trauma e.g. PTSD.
One of the reasons I went into counselling was because of my background.
I am happy and settled now but over the years I have had 2 divorces, numerous relationship problems and losses and IVF fertility treatment. My parents divorced when I was 11 and I had an unsettled teenage life resulting in me leaving home at 16. I have suffered from depression and anxiety a number of times, sometimes quite severely. At 35 I was finally offered some counselling which helped me enormously in terms of building my self esteem and starting to understand and accept myself as I was, and stop trying to be someone else. That sparked my interest in counselling and I started my counselling training shortly after that, although I didn't complete my training until some years later, when I felt that I had something to offer.
I am also a data analyst and programmer and have worked for 30 years in aerospace and education. I have had the same work problems that many people face e.g. redundancy threats and being bullied but I feel that I have coped better with work since I became a counsellor. I also think that having a varied work life means I am more grounded and in tune with everyday life.